Nov 4, 2014 12:25 PM

Circus cited for hair-hanging stunt that went awry

The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Federal workplace safety regulators are blaming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for a hair-hanging stunt that seriously injured eight acrobats in Rhode Island.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced a proposed fine of $7,000 for the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment. It concluded a carabiner clip was improperly loaded by circus staff.

A spokesman for Feld says they dispute the finding, and the company is deciding whether to appeal.

The acrobats were injured May 4 when the clip attached to the apparatus that held them aloft snapped. They fell 15 feet to the floor.

Most were severely injured, and some were unable to walk as of June. A lawyer for several of the women did not immediately return a request for comment.


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