By Chris Michaud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spider-Man's web of trouble on Broadway just got stickier.
Musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" has been hit with three serious violations of workplace safety rules for a string of cast member injuries late last year, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday.
The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that the much-delayed show's cast members suffered falls or were struck during flying routines "because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses."
Another "fall hazard stemmed from unguarded open-side floors that lacked fall protection," OSHA said in a statement, which ruled that the show's maker, 8 Legged Productions LLC, failed to protect actors from being hit by moving overhead rigging components.
A spokesman for the show said "Spider-man" "remains in compliance with all government agencies and continues to adhere to all safety protocols."
It was the latest salvo in a series that is turning the show into a Broadway legend of beleaguered productions, adding to its status as the most expensive show in the Great White Way's history at a reported cost of $65 million.
With its much-delayed opening night now set at March 15, critics recently went ahead and reviewed it in early February, citing one of the producers' previous scheduled debut dates.
And they were merciless. The New York Times concluded the musical was "so grievously broken that it is beyond repair."
OSHA said it issues a serious citation "when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known."
It proposed fines totaling $12,600 and gave the company five business days to respond or appeal.
The incidents took place on September 25, October 19, November 28 and December 20, 2010.
In the most serious, stunt double Christopher Tierney plummeted some 30 feet, suffering broken ribs and other serious injuries.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)