I heard about this accident through the SF grapevine. My stagehand husband tells me this is common practice: taking off the outriggers to fit a lift into small spaces. The justification is, "It'll be fine..." Let this be a warning to those of you out there who think shoddy safety measures will go unnoticed. And to those who are subject to them...report, report, report.
S.F. Opera fined $70,000 for 'willful' safety violationmore...
Jesse Hamlin, Chronicle Staff Writer
On June 27, San Francisco Opera stagehand Francis Kenny suffered a broken leg and head trauma after falling 22 feet from a hydraulic lift while removing scenery.
Now the Opera has been fined $70,000 by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly knowing it was improperly using the lift when it tipped over and sent Kenny crashing to the floor.
This is a hot-button issue for my husband and I who worked for a small theater company that was unwilling to spend any money to protect its employees from accidents just like this. Needless to say we quit.