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Circus Fined $7K for Hair-Hanging Stunt Accident

The circus' parent company has 15 days to either pay the fine or contest it.

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    Circus Fined $7K for Hair-Hanging Stunt Accident
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    In this photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, May 4, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed fining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $7,000 for an accident during a hair-hanging stunt in Rhode Island that led to serious injuries to eight acrobats.

    The proposed fine announced Tuesday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the maximum allowed under the law.

    The acrobats were injured May 4 when investigators say a carabiner clip snapped, sending them plummeting 15 feet to the floor. A ninth worker, on the ground, was also hurt.

    OSHA said the carabiner was improperly overloaded in violation of industry practice and manufacturer instructions.

    The circus' parent company has 15 days to either pay the fine or contest it.

    A spokesman says the circus disagrees with some of OSHA's findings and has not yet decided whether to appeal.

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