OSHA Catches Spider Man in its Net

March 14, 2011
OSHA has cited the Broadway production of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark following injuries to cast members.

OSHA issued citations for three serious violations of workplace safety standards to 8 Legged Productions LLC, the production company for the Broadway production following four separate incidents late last year that resulted in injuries to cast members of the musical.

OSHA began its investigation of the incidents that took place at the Foxwoods Theater in Manhattan after receiving a referral from the New York State Department of Labor. The incidents resulting in employee injuries occurred on Sept. 25, Oct. 19, Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, 2010.

From the investigation, OSHA alleges that employees were exposed to the 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. Finally, the company failed to shield employees from being struck by moving overhead rigging components.

These conditions resulted in the issuance of the three serious citations, with a total of $12,600 in proposed fines. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The employer, 8 Legged Productions LLC, has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to meet with the OSHA area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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