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"Spider-Man" Cited for Workplace Violations



    "Spider-Man" Cited for Workplace Violations
    In this theater publicity image released by The O and M Co., the Spider-Man character is suspended in the air in a scene from the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," in New York. (AP Photo/The O and M Co., Jacob Cohl) NO SALES

    Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical has been slapped with three violations of workplace safety standards by federal regulators.

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citations to the production company Friday for four separate incidents late last year that resulted in injuries to the cast.

    The three citations carry $12,600 in proposed fines — a tiny percentage of the $65 million musical's weekly costs. OSHA began its investigation after receiving a referral from the New York State Department of Labor.

    OSHA alleges that 8 Legged Productions LLC exposed the cast "to the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses."

    Another allegation says "unguarded open-side floors ... lacked fall protection," and a third noted that "the company failed to shield employees from being struck by moving overhead rigging components."

    The incidents resulting in employee injury happened on Sept. 25, Oct. 19, Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, the federal agency said.

    Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the musical, didn't immediately return calls for comment. But when the musical was cited by state regulators last month, Miramontez insisted the production was "in full compliance" of state guidelines and "will continue to work with state officials to maintain the highest safety standards at all times."

    The production, set to officially open March 15, has been in previews since November as the creative team tries to put the finishing touches on what has become the most expensive show in Broadway history. It features Julie Taymor as the director and co-writer, and music by U2's Bono and The Edge.

    Delays, money woes and injuries to four cast members — including a 35-foot fall by an actor playing the web-slinger that left him with a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae — have marred the production, as well as the defection of a lead actress after she suffered a concussion.