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Spider-Man Musical Issued Three OSHA Citations for Workplace Safety Violations

The 65-million-dollar musical, "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," has made news in the last few months for all the wrong reasons.  In December an actor was injured when a stuntman playing Spiderman fell 30 feet into a stage pit during a preview performance.  He sustained a fractured skull, shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae. The accident was the fourth serious on-the-job injury among the cast of the show and prompted an investigation by OSHA.
 
On Friday, March 4, 2011 the Broadway production was issued three citations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for the workplace safety violations that caused the four injury-causing accidents in 2010. The fines will add up to $12,600.
 
According to OSHA, the cast had been exposed to "the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses."  In addition, there is a fall hazard from unguarded open-side floors and there are no preventative measures to protect the cast and crew from overhead rigging components.
 
During the show's first preview, actress Natalie Mendoza suffered a concussion after she was struck by a rigging component. 
 
In February, The New York State Department of Labor cited the show's producer, 8 Legged Productions, with two safety violations.

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