‘Lone Ranger’ producer fined for crew member’s death

By Daniel S Levine,

California officials have issued a fine to one of the producers on Disney’s The Lone Ranger for the death of a crewmember last September.

Mike Bridger worked as a diver on the set and died while working in a tank during production in Los Angeles. California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) launched an investigation and this week, they issued a $61,000 fine on the production.

According to TMZ, the fine was issued to Silver Bullet Productions and Cal OSHA put direct blame on the company for Bridger’s death. Cal OSHA cited four major violations, noting that Silver Bullet didn’t have Bridger’s medical records, were not around while Bridger was in the tank and he was allowed to dive without a partner or a tether.

While Disney did not issue a statement this week, the studio did issue a statement in September, confirming that the tragedy didn’t happen during filming. “Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event,” the studio said at the time.

The Lone Ranger hits theaters on July 3 and stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto. It was directed by Gore Verbinski.

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