Jeff Ventre OSHA


Department of Labor-OSHA Tampa Area Office RE: SeaWorld Citation To Whom It May Concern:: "Spare-air" is a phony solution for a phony problem. Although the medical examiner's autopsy report lists drowning as a cause of death, that is misleading. Dawn Brancheau did not die from oxygen deprivation. She was brutalized. Her cause of death was acute multi-trauma, including a broken neck, internal bleeding, scalping, epidural hemorrhage, and liver lacerations. (My understanding is that DB was already deceased when her arm was ripped off.) The 4 milliliters of water listed as "evidence for drowning" could have easily been injected into her sphenoid sinus at any point prior to her body being retrieved; as she was thrashed, bitten, dunked, and forcefully propelled through the water. [see translated copy of ME report, attached] No amount of oxygen would have altered the outcome. Sea World is generating a solution to a problem that did NOT exist with Dawn, as well as with the majority of other incidents that are available (for all of us to watch) on YouTube. Trainers are getting rammed (Alexis Martinez 2009), smashed (John Sillick 1987), pummeled (Steve Aibel 2004), broken (Ken Peters 2006) and dismembered (Dawn 2010). Note that the incidents listed were perpetrated by 5 different animals, of different genders, and at different facilities. I hope that OSHA does not fall for this phony pitch. Additionally, why is Congressman Alan Grayson attempting to derail OSHA's efforts at protecting trainers? His efforts would be better served by learning about the physically brutal and relatively hazardous life of orca trainers, not to mention the poor wages, which border on exploitative, in my opinion. For more on this spare-air topic: Jeffrey Ventre MD Former Trainer

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