DEATH OF LONE RANGER CREW MEMBER TO BE INVESTIGATED
Cal-OSHA, the California agency that enforces the state’s laws on workplace safety, has launched an investigation into the death of a crew member working on the set of The Lone Ranger, TMZ.com reported on Monday. Mike Bridger, described by the website as a welder and water-safety expert, died on Friday while working under water inside a large tank at the Disney studio. Initial reports said that he had apparently died of a heart attack. But TMZ reported that the state agency wants to determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the production company that contributed to Bridger’s death. According to the report, the agency plans to examine the equipment that Bridger was using inside the tank and question those who were with him at the time he was stricken. Bridger, who was 48 years old, had reportedly worked on the crew of every Jerry Bruckheimer film since the original Pirates of the Caribbean.