OSHA is proposing to fine the operator of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $7,000 for a May 4, 2014, accident in Providence, Rhode Island, when nine employees were injured during its hair-hanging act. A spokesman for the circus’ parent company, Vienna, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment Inc., said the firm has not yet decided whether to appeal the fine, but that it is changing its procedures to avoid future accidents.
Eight employees performing the act fell more than 15 feet to the ground and sustained serious injuries when the apparatus from which they were hanging suddenly fell to the ground, OSHA said in a statement. A ninth employee who was working on the ground was struck by the falling employees. OSHA said the equipment had been improperly loaded.
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