Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has given new meaning to the term "offensive."
The chronically plagued Broadway production was issued three citations Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration for workplace saftey violations that were linked to four injury-causing accidents that occurred during preview performances last year.
And OSHA wants more than free tickets for its troubles.
The suggested total fines amount to $12,600. It's a relative drop in the bucket compared to the production's $65 million budget, but still...
The New York State Department of Labor cited the show's producer, 8 Legged Productions LLC, for two safety violations last month after aerialist Christopher Tierney plunged roughly 20 feet into an opening next to the stage during a performance and required surgery for cracked vertebra.
OSHA said in a statement that the cast had been exposed to "the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses."
Additionally, not enough preventative measures were in place to shield cast and crew from "moving overhead rigging components," such as the one that struck actress Natalie Mendoza during the first preview performance. She ultimately dropped out altogether.
At this time, spokesman Rick Miramontez said, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark "remains in compliance with all government agencies and continues to adhere to all safety protocols."
Sure, now it does.