Spidey’s Safety Violations

As the countdown toward the March 15 debut of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” continues, the Michael Cohl-produced musical was recently hit with three safety violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The OSHA citations include $12,600 in fines and certainly won’t bust the $65 million endeavor, though they did cast another shadow over the production that has seen its share of technical glitches, injuries and delays since beginning previews in November.

In a statement March 4, OSHA said production company 8 Legged Productions was given three violations for four separate incidents last year that resulted in injuries to cast members.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

The statement also included an explanation of “serious” citations, which the agency issues in cases where there is “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”

“Spider-Man” spokesman Rick Miramontez told the New York Times the show “remains in compliance with all government agencies and continues to adhere to all safety protocols.”

The production company has 15 days to challenge the OSHA findings.