Disney Worker Killed, Another Hurt in Industrial Accidents

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 03:07 PM gHale

A Walt Disney World employee was killed in an industrial accident, while another suffered an injury in a separate incident on the same day, company officials said.

The Reedy Creek Fire Department responded to an unconscious man identified as Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, who was unresponsive at 1153 Century Drive, near Disney’s Pop Century Resort. He was declared dead at the scene shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ingrid Tejada-Monforte.

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“All of us at Walt Disney World Resort are deeply saddened today by the loss of one of our cast members,” Walt Disney World Resort president George A. Kalogridis said in a statement. “Our thoughts and concerns are with his family, friends, and fellow co-workers.”

He said the company would be providing resources for people impacted by the accident and they are working with authorities to determine the circumstances of the employee’s death.

Pop Century Resort, which is adjacent to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, is located near Hollywood Studios.

No other information was immediately available.

Construction is currently underway to build a gondola stop at Pop Century it will share with Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Walt Disney World is building the new aerial transportation system that will connect some of its resorts with Epcot and Hollywood Studios via gondolas.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a worker suffered an injury in an industrial accident at Walt Disney World late Monday, officials said.

The accident happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. at 2901 Osceola Parkway, the address for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Tejada-Monforte said.

A man had fallen and injured himself before calling 911, Tejada-Monforte said. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A Disney spokeswoman said the company is focused on assisting the worker, but did not provide any additional information about the accident.



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