Circus Fined $1,915 for Death of Russian Acrobat

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A Russian acrobat was training on a swing when he lost his balance and fell, hitting his head on the ground. He died from his injuries. The incident was partly caused by the acrobat’s removal of his feet from the swing’s strap too soon. But the CSST also found that the circus didn’t  adequately evaluate the risks of using the swing. As a result, it was fined $1,915 [Cirque du soleil, Govt. News Release, June 23, 2010].