Broadway Theater Owner Cited by OSHA in Stagehand’s Fatal Fall

Federal regulators have cited the Shubert Organization for 4 critical office security violations and proposed a advantageous of $45,642 in reference to the demise of an worker who fell from a ladder whereas working on the Winter Garden Theater final fall.

The citations, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have been issued on May 11, six months after Peter Wright, a 54-year-old stagehand, fell almost 50 ft from a slim, raised platform whereas performing routine upkeep in the theater.

OSHA points these critical citations when, in keeping with its evaluation, lapses have led to hazards carrying a “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.” In the Shubert Organization’s case, OSHA didn’t discover that the violations have been willful ones, in which an employer “intentionally and knowingly” violates the regulation.

The Shubert Organization has arrange a gathering to debate the citations and penalties, James C. Lally, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor, mentioned. If the 2 events don’t attain a settlement, the corporate can nonetheless contest the citations, Mr. Lally mentioned. Otherwise, they are going to be obligated to pay the complete quantity.

A spokesman for the Shubert Organization declined a request for remark, citing the continuing investigation.

The violations issued to the group, which is the most important landlord on Broadway, included having a picket ladder coated with a fabric that would obscure structural defects and two situations of a ladder used for a goal for which it was not designed.

Mr. Wright, who was from Milford, Conn., was a stagehand for Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the labor union that represents skilled stage workers in New York, for 34 years. He and his spouse of 23 years, Marcie Lowy Wright, met after they have been each working as stagehands for a 1990s “Grease” revival on the Eugene O’Neill Theater.

James J. Claffey Jr., the president of Local 1, wrote in a tribute in November that Mr. Wright “had a work ethic that was nothing short of exemplary, was extremely talented and skilled in his craft, and he was one of the finest riggers/flyman in our industry.”

The final present to play on the Winter Garden Theater had been “Beetlejuice,” which had been set to finish its run on June 6, 2020, earlier than the theater, like all on Broadway, shut on March 12 due to the pandemic; “Beetlejuice” was not slated to return.

A revival of “The Music Man” that can star Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster is about to start performances in December and open subsequent February.

Bill Evans, a spokesman for the Shubert Organization, mentioned on the time of Mr. Wright’s demise that the majority stagehands had not been working on the group’s different theaters through the pandemic shutdown.

“We mourn the loss of our valued colleague,” he mentioned in an announcement. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family during this difficult time.”

Dylan Foley, who was a buddy and co-worker of Mr. Wright’s, wrote in a Facebook tribute in November that Mr. Wright was “completely fearless in how he lived his life as a stagehand” and infrequently did the work of three males.

“He had a dry wit, an unstoppable work ethic, and a trademarked grin,” Mr. Foley wrote. “If you asked for something from Pete, his line was, ‘For you, the grid’s the limit.’”