Feds Slap ‘Spider-Man’ Musical With Safety Violations

Troubled and critically panned mega-budget musical hit with a $12,600 fine after four cast members were injured

As if being branded one of the worst musicals in Broadway history, weren't headache enough. 

Now trouble-plagued "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been slapped with three workplace safety violations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The department also issued a $12,600 fine to 8 Legged Productions, the show's producer. 

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The move comes after four of the musical's cast members were injured performing stunt work during rehearsals or previews for the $65 million musical. 

The department claims that employees were injured during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses. It also claims that one of the set's open-side floors lacked sufficient protections and that the company failed to shield employees from being struck by moving overhead rigging components.

A spokesperson for the musical denied that it had jeopardized the safety of the cast and crew. 

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“'Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark' remains in compliance with all government agencies and continues to adhere to all safety protocols," Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said in a statement. 

In a release announcing the citations, the department said it began its investigation after receiving a referral from the New York State Department of Labor. 

8 Legged Productions has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to meet with the OSHA area director or contest the findings before an occupational safety commission. 

Despite being slammed by critics and bad publicity, "Spider-Man" has remained one of Broadway's highest grossing musicals. The show is still in previews, it's official opening has been pushed back for a fifth time to March 15.