OSHA Cites 'Spider-Man' Production Company Over Fall Hazards

The agency's Manhattan Area Office investigated four employee injuries last year that happened during flying routines and has cited 8 Legged Productions LLC, proposing $12,600 in fines.

While a mere blip against the reported $65 million cost of the musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" at the Foxwoods Theatre in Manhattan, OSHA's proposed $12,600 fine against its production company, 8 Legged Productions LLC, resurrects the problems that brought extra attention to the production. OSHA said its Manhattan Area Office (phone 212-620-3200) began investigating after receiving a referral from the New York State Department of Labor.

Four cast members were hurt during flying stunts before the musical opened. These took place Sept. 25, Oct. 19, Nov. 28, and Dec. 20, 2010, and OSHA now alleges 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," its March 4 news release states.

"60 Minutes" and many other news organizations have chronicled the struggle to complete and present the musical, which combines music by U2's Bono and The Edge with the high-powered theatrical style of Director Julie Taymor.

OSHA said three serious citations were issued against 8 Legged, which has 15 business days after receiving the citations and proposed penalties to meet with the OSHA area director or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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