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Spider-man musical continues to be plagued by fines, work injuries

Last month, 8 Legged Productions LLC, the production company behind the much-discussed (and much-maligned) Broadway production, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," was on the receiving end of multiple serious citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations that resulted in serious work injuries.

Specifically, OSHA inspectors - acting on a referral from the New York State Department of Labor - handed down three serious violations of workplace safety standards totaling $12,600 in proposed fines.

For the uninitiated, serious violations are issued by OSHA when "there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known."

Here, the three serious safety violations all stem from four separate workplace accidents that occurred on four different dates - September 25, October 19, November 28 and December 20 - and resulted in serious injuries to cast members.

OSHA investigators determined the cause of these four accidents to be:

  • The failure to provide secured or properly adjusted safety harnesses during flying routines, increasing the risk of falls or being struck while in flight
  • The failure to provide guarded open-side floors that would provide the necessary degree of fall protection
  • The failure to implement the necessary safety measures to protect employees from being struck by moving overhead rigging components

Rick Miramontez, a spokesperson for the show, indicated that the musical "remains in compliance with all government agencies and continues to adhere to all safety protocols."

It is worth noting that because of these work injuries and various technical setbacks, the Spider-Man musical is still only running trial performances at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City.

At $65 million, it is the most expensive show in the history of Broadway.

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Spider-Man Broadway
musical production company following injuries to cast members
(OSHA)

"Spider-man" safety cited (The Wall Street Journal)

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