Authorities say that a 61-year-old worker died early Wednesday, after falling into a vat filled with oil on Walt Disney World property.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Orange County Sheriff Office has since identified the man to be John A. Korody. Officials say that Korody and his co-worker were emptying a oil and grease byproduct from a semi-truck into a vat at an energy facility on South Service Lane, when Korody slipped.
The man who died after falling into a tub full of grease & oil at Disney this morning was an employee at Harvest Power. His death marks the second fatal industrial accident at Disney since July, when a worker was crushed by an electric cart. Here's the statement Harvest sent me: pic.twitter.com/6Efept7Flr
— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) August 15, 2018
Authorities say that the other man attempted to pull him out, but couldn’t. Korody became overwhelmed by the fumes and fell further into the vat. Later, the Reedy Creek Fire Department retrieved his body.
Wesh 2 News reports that the facility is part of a district created for municipal services to Disney theme parks. WKMG-TV reports Korody was an employee of Harvest Power, and the vat was filled with cooking oil that is recycled into energy.
The Massachusetts-based company converts food waste into renewable energy, and is used by not only Disney but other restaurants in the area.
As of right now, authorities are still investigating the incident. This is also the second workplace fatality on or near Disney property this summer.