Feds Issue Safety Violation Citations to 'Spider-Man' Musical
Julie Taymor-directed production faces proposed fines of $12,600 for exposing employees to hazards.
The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Friday issued three safety violation citations against Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
The citations were issued in response to the injuries of four separate cast members in Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. 2010.
8 Legged Productions LLC, the production company behind the Julie Taymor-directed musical, can appeal the proposed fine of $12,600 within 15 business days.
OSHA said in a statement, "Employees were exposed to hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses. An additional fall hazard stemmed from unguarded open-side floors that lacked fall protection."
The agency also said that producers "failed to shield employees from being struck by moving overhead rigging components."
In the most serious of the four injuries, stuntman Christopher Tierney dropped from 35-foot platform without being strapped into a safety strap, resulting in a fractured skull and and three broken vertebrae.
Turn Off the Dark was hit with two safety violations from the state New York State Department of Labor last month that did not include fines.