Last September, a crew member on the set of ‘The Lone Ranger‘, Mike Bridger, tragically died by drowning in a water tank. At the time, little was known about what exactly happened, but what we do know is that he was diving alone while doing work on the tank. But now OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Association for California, has gonna after the production company Silver Bullet, for Bridger’s death. They’re fining the company for four large violations, and six smaller, less serious ones, amounting to the sum of $61,445. The four serious violations include failing to obtain Bridger’s medical records, not having a standby diver for Bridger during the dive, letting Bridger dive without a tether, and Bridger diving without a partner.
It’s a very sad story, and it seems as if any of these steps had been followed, his death could have been easily avoided. It’s always terrible when someone loses their life over things of this nature, and all I can hope that the production company, Silve Bullet Productions, will learn from this and will make sure things like this won’t happen on their next film shoot. Things like this should always be more carefully orchestrated. ‘The Lone Ranger’ stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tom Wilkinson. It is directed by Gore Verbinski, and is due to be released July 3, 2013.
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