Actor suffers serious work injuries after falling 30 feet during a performance.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – January 10, 2011 Earlier this week, Christopher Tierney, the actor who fell 30 feet during a performance of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” was released from the hospital in New York after suffering injuries from a fall on the job.
The injured employee, who was Spider-man’s stunt double, fell into the orchestra pit last month after a harness cable was allegedly not properly connected to the stage. In the fall accident, he suffered broken ribs and other internal injuries while on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York State Department of Labor are investigating the fall. New York personal injury lawyers understand that Actors’ Equity said it had been determined that the cause of the work-related accident was “human error.”
“Human error can be avoided and, in this case, there should have been either another safety system in place or a system to fail safe the one present, especially when a person’s life or health is in potential risk,” said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman. “The reasons behind these fall injuries that happen at work are not acceptable.”
Tierney is not the only actor in the $65 million technically complex production who has been injured at work. Three other actors have suffered work injuries due to technical issues. Actress Natalie Mendoza, who has since left the show, suffered a concussion after being hit in the head by a rope during the first preview performance. A third actor broke his wrists when he crashed into the stage during rehearsals for a flying sequence. Another actor suffered a work-related injury of a broken bone in his foot.
“The importance of maintaining a safe work environment cannot be overstated whether the job site is a stage or a construction site. Work injuries and falls can happen anywhere. Providing employees with a safe work environment, is vital for avoiding serious and potentially debilitating work injuries in New York,” personal injury lawyer Perecman said.
If you have sustained an injury on the job on Broadway or anywhere else in New York, contact a New York personal injury lawyer at The Perecman Firm to ensure your legal rights are protected.