Sony appeals death on set

Violations from Holcolmbe tragedy on 'Spider-Man' disputed

Sony Pictures has appealed the state of California’s proposed fines of nearly $59,000 for alleged safety violations on the “Spider-Man” set in the wake of a March 6 accident in which a welder was killed.

California’s division of Occupational Safety & Health cited nine violations against Columbia Pictures in its notification. Sony reps had no comment about its decision to appeal.

Welder Tim Holcombe died instantly after being struck in the head when a boom extension toppled onto an aerial basket in which he was riding at the former Rockwell Intl. aerospace plant in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.

Most of the proposed penalty came from two violations — $25,000 for alleged use of a shop-made extension to a forklift, which caused the forklift’s load capacity to be exceeded and the forklift to become unstable, and $25,000 for allegedly making the modification to the forklift without prior written approval from the manufacturer.

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