The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”.  The violations were issued as a result of the accidents last year that involved an actor falling more than 20 feet during the show and two other performers sustaining injuries while rehearsing a sling-shot technique.  It is reported that no financial penalties had been levied.  However, the producers must continue to follow safety protocols that were put in place in December 2010.  The safety measures include properly rigged and harnessed props for aerial maneuvers.  Under the new protocols, two stagehands must attach and check all harnesses, tethers and cables to the rigging, and one of the stagehands must verbally notify a stage manager that the attachments were safely connected. Before, only one stagehand was involved with each rigging.  The producers have 60 days to appeal the findings of violations, the state official said. Read more

According to the New York State Department of Labor, violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor.  Read More.

Under the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform Law, the New York State Department of Labor must administer two programs.   In order to make workplaces safer and reduce workers’ compensation costs, one program is required, while the other is voluntary.  The mandatory program, which is known as the Compulsory Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Program, requires a comprehensive safety and loss prevention consultation and evaluation for an employer with: an annual payroll of over $800,000; and a workers’ compensation experience modification rating of more than 1.20. According to the New York State Department of Labor’s website, the NY Compensation Insurance Rating Board issues notices to employers that must participate in the Program.  Employers that do not start a program will receive a 5% surcharge on the manual portion of their workers’ compensation premium. The surcharge goes up 5% for every year they do not comply. Employers that comply should see improved experience ratings and lower workers’ compensation costs.  To get more information about the Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Programs, click here

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of labor laws or safety regulation, the lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, have extensive experience in handling all matters of labor disputes regarding wage and hour law, child labor law, safety violations, and workers compensation lawsuits.  Victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-888-5-JOBLAW.