California's adult film industry has been under fire for the last few months, but it is again making headlines after accusations were leveled against one film company for allegedly violating safety protocol within the workplace. Any time a worker sustains an injury on the job, it could result in a workers' compensation claim. While the adult film industry is vastly different from other workplaces, it is still under the watchful eye of OSHA.
Streamray Studios Inc. is known for producing movies for Penthouse. An unannounced inspection resulted from a complaint, and the company received seven citations. The majority of those citations resulted from failure to ensure condom use or other protective equipment was used on the set. Other citations were linked to a failure to have control plans related to injury or exposure, and issues with equipment.
Six of the violations received during the surprise inspection were classified as serious by OSHA. The company is now facing over $28,000 in fines. The studio has the right to appeal the fines, but no word has been issued on whether it plans to do so. A worker in the adult film industry could be exposed to communicable diseases or another injury on the job, and condom use is now required by a recent ordinance passed in the state.
Any California worker who sustains an injury on the job may have the right to file a workers' compensation claim. Adult film industry workers are exposed to different hazards than other workers, but they also fall under the umbrella of OSHA regulations. Because of this, they are also entitled to seek assistance with their claims for any injury or disease they may be exposed to while working.
Source: XBIZ Newswire, "Streamray Studios Fined $28,460 by Cal/OSHA," Rhett Pardon, Jan. 25, 2013