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Disneyland contract employee hurt working on Space Mountain roof

A 37-year-old Disneyland contract worker cleaning the roof of Space Mountain sustained moderate injuries Wednesday when his harness malfunctioned, authorities said.

He slid about 20 feet before coming to a halt on the lip of the large, ridged roof. Anaheim firefighters responded to the call about 7 a.m., parking a truck beneath the injured man, extending a ladder and lowering him down in a basket.

The rescue took about 45 minutes and concluded before the park opened for visitors, said Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz. 

"it was a real easy, uncomplicated operation," Lutz said.

Space Mountain, a high-speed indoor roller-coaster ride through the dark, is one of the park's most popular attractions. Wednesday's injury was the second accident to occur in two months. On Oct. 3 a Disneyland machinist sustained head, back and neck injuries when he was struck by one of the vehicles he was testing. 

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the October incident and Wednesday's injury, said Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown.

The machinst injured in October was released from the hospital about a week ago, but Brown said she could not comment on his condition, citing patient privacy laws.

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