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'The Lone Ranger' Death

Production Company

Fined $61,000

3/25/2013 5:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The government is going after the production company behind the new "Lone Ranger" movie -- after a crew member drowned in a diving accident on set last year -- issuing fines exceeding $61,000.

According to official documents obtained by TMZ, Cal OSHA (aka California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration) issued the fines against Silver Bullet Productions, claiming the company was directly at fault in the death of Mike Bridger, a welder and water safety guy working on the film.

Bridger died last September while cleaning one of the movie's deep water tanks.

OSHA cited Silver Bullet for numerous violations, but the four big ones were -- 1) SB failed to obtain medical records for the diver, 2) SB did not have a standby diver available when Bridger was in the water, 3) SB let Bridger dive without a tether, 4) Bridger dove without a partner.

For these violations, OSHA fined SB $45,000. In addition, there were six less serious violations for which SB was fined $16,445 ... bringing the total fines to $61,445.

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1.

KicksandGiggles    

And if it felt like a govt "silver bullet" tore thru the production company's rectum now, wait until the family's lawsuit is filed.

475 days ago
2.

IwuvTMZ    

So?

475 days ago
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zoolady    

The industry should do better than this. My heart goes out to the family.

475 days ago
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spectator72    

That's all $61,445. That is nothing to a production company in fines .

475 days ago
5.

Mrugowsky    

So a person is worth about $$$ 60,000 ???

475 days ago
6.

Rich     

They got a slap on the wrist IMO. To save money, they cost this man his life!!!!

475 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

That's like .61 cents to them.
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Phishie from Philly

475 days ago
8.

Chibob    

$61K is chicken feed . How is that going to deter them or other Production Co from doing this again?

475 days ago
9.

latestdiets.net    

Hi Ho Silver!

475 days ago
10.

cindy    

Why is this on TMZ? There isnt anything in this story about Lindsay or something gay.

475 days ago
11.

peoplearesilly    

That's just the fine. I'm sure they're being sued and will have to cough up a lot more than that. Two different things people, and if TMZ had any class they'd make that clear.

475 days ago
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Naked daughter    

The guy was totally at fault here. He chose to dive by himself. He had a heart attack. It is not the company's fault he died. He would have died anyways sooner or later.

475 days ago
13.

Stevonez    

Pirates of the Grand Canyon...

475 days ago
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cobrazombie    

No offense, but you'd think a water safety guy would know he was out of his depth, pardon the pun, and follow his own personal checklist. Although the production company should also bear responsibility to ensure safety protocols are followed. All in all, a terrible accident.

475 days ago
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mr.howell     

Here we go again with another mediocre Depp film where he 'hams' it up to the max..this film looks awful!..too bad a guy died though..

474 days ago
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