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Friday, September 28, 2012

OSHA Investigates ‘Lone Ranger’ Crew Member’s Death

Authorities are currently investigating the sudden death of a Lone Ranger crew member while in the set of the upcoming movie near Los Angeles.

According to reports, the 48-year-old diver who was identified as Mike Bridger suffered a heart attack while cleaning out a huge water tank that was going to be used in filming the movie.

Based on initial investigation, Bridger had been wearing scuba diving equipment to carry out maintenance on the deep pool on a ranch near Palmdale, a city located in the center of Northern Los Angeles, California. It is actually a desert where the Johnny Depp movie, Lone Ranger, is being filmed.

Consequently, the said investigation likewise made Bridger’s family and friends to believe that the production team has nothing to do with his death since apparently, he died from natural cause.

Nevertheless, TMZ learned that although heart attack is believed to be the major factor for Bridger’s death, the Occupational and Health Safety Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation to assess if there was any negligence or misconduct on the part of his employer.

Accordingly, authorities are determining whether the standard operating procedure was observed by the overall movie production management following the death of a crew member in the set. Also, investigators will review the medical condition of the victim before the time of his death while conducting interviews with everyone who was present during the incident.

At present, there have been no official findings yet but authorities expect that the complete result of the investigation would be finalized six months from now.

Apparently, the family and friends of Bridger have to wait for at least six months before finally concluding his real cause of death.

In some states like California, if someone’s death was ruled as a wrongful death, complainants have only a limited period of time for filing a lawsuit as the statutes require. Otherwise, complainants will be forever barred from filing a claim. Usually, the complainants are allotted with up to 3 years to file a lawsuit, according to a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer.


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