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Broadway's "Spider-Man" Back In Business With New Safety Measures

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The curtain rose again on Broadway's "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark" on Thursday, with some new safety measures in place.

The State Department of Labor signed off on the new precautions, which are meant to prevent another fall like the 30-feet drop that seriously injured a stunt double on Monday.

Wednesday's performances were canceled so the cast and crew could rehearse the new safety procedures. Under these new measures, a second person will verify that harnesses used during the show's high-flying stunts have been properly secured.

Producers say in addition to making changes to several scenes, including the final one, and hiring additional stage managers, they have also brought an independent safety expert on board to review safety procedures.

There is also a buddy check system involving monitors and communication via headsets with stage managers and stagehands.

"We're in no rush. We want to make sure that everything is slow, methodical, efficient, and when it's safe, that's when we do a show," said Local One President James Claffey, the head of the stagehands' union, in an exclusive interview with NY1. "Until then, we try to get it right and collaborate and make things happen together."

Christopher Tierney, 31, remained in serious condition Thursday. He suffered broken and internal bleeding and had back surgery.

On Thursday, the State Labor Department said the cause of Tierney's fall was still under investigation.

Officials at Actor's Equity Association said that Tierney was following his blocking when he ran to the edge of a platform and leaned over. They said a line was supposed to be attached to Tierney to prevent him from going off the platform.

However, other sources familiar with the show told NY1 that Tierney was properly harnessed, but not properly tethered on the other end to hold his weight.

Other sources told NY1 that Tierney ran farther to the edge than he was supposed to.

Lawmakers gathered outside the theater Thursday afternoon to say that "Spider-Man" must put safety first.

"When a theater-goer enters the theater to see a drama, they're not here to see a living tragedy," said State Senator Eric Adams. "My goal and the goal of the assemblymen and colleagues in government is to assure that the bright lights of Broadway is not replaced by the bright lights of an ambulance or an emergency vehicle because an actor or a participant that sits in the theater is harmed or injured in anyway."

Theater-goers said the most expensive Broadway show in history was everything they hoped it would be.

"It was awesome, I loved it," said one attendee.

"It was great. It was good, when he flied all around and they were fighting in the air," said another.

Three other actors besides Tierney have fallen while working on the show. One broke two wrists, another got a concussion and a third broke his foot.

As of Thursday, no violations were found and no fines were issued.

Refund For Wednesday’s Performance

"Spider-Man" producers say theatergoers who bought tickets for yesterday's canceled performances from Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded or can book tickets for a future performance.

Those who got tickets at the Foxwoods Theatre box office can get exchanges or refunds during box office hours -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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