Actors Equity Association: 'Spider-Man' Injury Caused By 'Human Error'
The accident that sent Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark stunt double Christopher Tierney to the hospital Monday night was caused by human error, according to Actors' Equity Association. The group said in a statement Tuesday, "Actors' Equity Association worked today with the Department of Labor, OSHA and the production to determine that the cause of the accident at last night's performance of Spiderman was, in fact, human error."
Tierney broke several ribs after falling to the ground from an onstage bridge towards the end of Monday's preview performance. Several accounts had blamed the fall on a "snapped" cable but Scott Fisher, president of the company which builds the equipment for the show's aerial stunts, dismissed that claim saying that it is highly unlikely that the 10,000-pound line would break.
Like Actors' Equity, Fisher said the fall was most likely the mistake on the stage crew's part. Fisher told The Washington Post, "The stage crew would have been responsible for making the connection for hooking him up," said Fisher. "The actor is responsible for making the final check that he's good to go. It's sort of like packing your own parachute."
Tierney is the fourth person to be hurt working on the Julie Taymor-directed musical, which involves many complex aerial stunts.
Local One IATSE president said Tuesday that precautions were being put in place to help prevent another accident, "The union will insist that safety checks and redundancies are added to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Spider-Man. The union also sends its best wishes to stuntman Christopher Tierney and its hopes for his rapid recovery."