An investigation into the death of ‘The Lone Ranger’ crew member Mike Bridger on the film’s Los Angeles set on Friday has been launched by Cal/Osha, TMZ is reporting. The workplace safety enforcement agency wants to see if there was negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the welder/water safety expert’s employer. Cal/Osha also wants to see if standard operating procedure was followed following Bridger’s death on the set.
Bridger died while working inside a large water tank. Law enforcement officials have said it appears he suffered a heart attack while working. The crew member’s family and friends also believe that he died of a heart attack, and don’t blame Walt Disney, the studio making the action adventure.
But Cal/Osha wants to see how workers responded once they realized Bridger was unresponsive in the tank. The agency will investigate if proper emergency protocol was followed.
A rep for Cal/Osha is also saying the organization is looking into the equipment and the tank, and will review the victim’s medical condition before he died. Cal/Osha will also interview everyone who was on the set of ‘The Lone Ranger’ during the incident.
Cal/Osha has no official findings yet in its investigation. The final report could take up to six months to complete.
Written by: Karen Benardello