Employment Law Report

“Spider-Man” Gets Poor Review From OSHA

By Edwin S. Hopson

On March 4, 2011, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in a press release that it had issued a citation against “8 Legged Productions LLC”, the production company putting on “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” at the Foxwoods Theater in New York City.  OSHA asserts that three serious violations occurred involving several cast members who were injured on September 25, October 19 and December 20, 2010.  The hazards referenced were falls, being struck during flying routines and unguarded open-side floors lacking fall protection.  Also, it is alleged that the company failed to shield employees from being struck by overheard rigging components that were moving.

OSHA has proposed a total of $12,600 in fines.  The company has fifteen business days from receipt of the citation to file a notice of contest.