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Spider-Man's New Nemesis

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It seems like everybody has been taking shots at "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the $65 million extravaganza that is headed for Broadway later this month. Critics have savaged the production, calling it everything from "really, truly horrendously and unfixably bad down to its bones" to "a shrill, insipid mess."

Now who's stepping in to kick the Spider-Man while he's down? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The New York Times reports that on Friday, OSHA regulators cited the production for three serious workplace safety violations, proposing a fine of $12,000. They said show employees had been "exposed to the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses." In four separate instances, cast members have been hurt in connection with the flying stunts.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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