A world-famous performance company and Las Vegas casino are facing legal action following a fatal accident which saw an acrobat die in front of the audience.
Safety officials announced the plans on Tuesday (October 29) against Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas casino MGM Grand over the death of Sarah Guillot-Guyard on June 29.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has concluded its investigation into Ms Guillot-Guyard’s 94ft fall (28.6 metres).
She fell to her death when a wire rope she was suspended from was severed due to her fast ascent.
Ms Guillot-Guyard, 31, was the first performer to die in an onstage accident in the 29-year-old history of Cirque du Soleil, which describes itself as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment”.
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Fatal accident probe finds safety failings
OHSA’s investigation into the fatal accident found safety breaches, including Cirque’s failing to provide proper training for the performer, as well as not properly assessing workplace hazards.
The administration proposed six citations and over $25,000 (£15,600) in penalties for Cirque du Soleil Nevada, and three citations totalling $7,000 (£4,360) for the MGM Grand, where the show occurred.
MGM faces action because its staff were exposed to hazards due to deficiencies in Cirque’s hazard assessments, claims the OSHA.
Managers from both companies said they will appeal against the decision.
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