OSHA cites Denver Zoo in jaguar mauling death | PostIndependent.com

OSHA cites Denver Zoo in jaguar mauling death

DENVER (AP) ” Federal safety officials say they’ve cited the Denver Zoo for alleged unsafe working conditions following the death of a zoo worker who was mauled by a jaguar.

Zoo officials have previously said Ashlee Pfaff had violated zoo rules by opening the door to a cage while the animal was inside in February.

Herb Gibson, Denver area director for the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the citation is for one alleged “serious violation” of rules requiring protocols to prevent accidental contact with dangerous animals. It carries a penalty of $3,500.

OSHA issues serious violations when officials believe there is a great probability that death or serious harm can result from a hazard that the employer knew about or should have known about, the agency said in a press release.

The zoo has 15 days to request a conference to contest the citation.

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