Cal/OSHA fines Disney Studios after man dies on Lone Ranger set

“State regulators have fined a producer of the upcoming Walt Disney Studios movie “The Lone Ranger” more than $60,000, citing numerous safety violations in connection with a crew member who died at a movie ranch in Acton,” according to the L.A. Times.

welder/water safety expert named Mike Bridger died on the L.A. movie set Friday while working inside a large water tank. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that it appeared Bridger suffered a heart attack. 

According to TMZ, the man was preparing the tank, possibly cleaning it, when someone noticed that there was no bubble surfacing from the gear. He was quickly pulled out of the water. It was said that someone called 911 to report a medical emergency and when the medics arrived on the scene, they discovered that the man was in “full cardiac arrest.” (Source: Ace Show Biz)

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Cal/OSHA nailed Disney for violating safety laws, as described by the L.A. Times:

The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, included “serious” citations for not having a standby diver available while another was in the water, and not providing a medical examination to determine an employee’s medical fitness to dive.

The report also said, “The employer failed to ensure that all employees (diver team members) engaged in a diving operation to clean a deep pool/water tank located at the Polsa Rosa Ranch were trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, diver rescue techniques and diving related first aid.”

Cal-OSHA also faulted producers for failing to have a person in charge of all aspects of the diving operation and for not maintaining “documentation of safety and health training for all employees.”

This was not the first accident on the set of Disney’s Lone Ranger movie, as explained by Entertainment Wise:

Johnny Depp was almost killed by his horse when filming new Disney flick The Lone Ranger, narrowly escaping the animal crushing his head after falling off.

The actor, who stars as Tonto in the western with Armie Hammer playing the title character, revealed how he almost came a cropper while making the film.

“The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked,” Depp said.

“When we came down, the saddle slipped and I went to the left and (lost) the reins, somehow I had the wherewithal to grab his mane – all very calm for some reason, I figured fear would kick in, but it didn’t,” the From Hell actor told David Letterman on The Late Show.

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