Cirque du Soleil Will Appeal Citations Issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regarding Accidental Death
By Michael Gioia
Cirque du Soleil will appeal the six citations named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the accidental death of performance artist Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard-Guillot, who died June 29 from falling approximately 90 feet in the Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas production of KÀ, according to the Los Angeles Times.
OSHA announced Oct. 29 that six citations were issued to the Montreal company because they did not provide proper training for the performer or properly assess the workplace for hazards.
Fines to Cirque du Soleil could total more than $25,000.
OSHA is also planning to issue three citations against the MGM Grand, where the performance of KÀ took place. The hotel said it will also appeal the citations.
Following the June 29 accident, performances resumed July 16; that performance was dedicated to the memory of Guyard-Guillot.
As previously reported, Guyard-Guillot, 31, fell during the final scene in which performers engage in an aerial battle while wearing safety harnesses attached to a cable. The performer, a citizen of France and resident of Las Vegas, died from multiple blunt force trauma.
According to an earlier press statement from the Clark County Office of Coroner/Medical Examiner, "The manner of her death was accidental. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is continuing the investigation into how this accident occurred. The OSHA investigation could take up to six months to complete."
"I am heartbroken," said Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté in a previous statement. "I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news. Sassoon was an artist with the original cast of KÀ since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family. We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."
Guyard-Guillot also taught at a school called Cirquefit, a Las Vegas program for children. Donations are being accepted for "the children's future" and can be made at ForSasoun.com.
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