Of 61 cirque acrobats listed in the cast for a 2004

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Of 61 Cirque acrobats listed in the cast for a 2004 video of La Nouba, a resident Cirque show in Orlando, Fla., 42 were injured seriously enough between 1999 and 2014 to require more than seven lost work days for a single injury, state records show. Of those, 15 performers had five or more such serious injuries, and nine later settled disputes with Cirque and its workers’ compensation insurer, sometimes over career-ending injuries. In total during those years, 170 Cirque workers in Florida suffered injuries involving more than seven days of lost work, and a few reported a dozen or more such injuries. “The body is the tool [in the circus], and sometimes the tool gets broken,” said Vladislav Dunaev, a former Cirque performer in Florida. Mr. Dunaev said Cirque had “very good safety measures,” but even so, he suffered seven significant injuries over roughly a decade, state records show, the last a 2011 shoulder injury requiring surgery. In 2012 he reached a $90,000 settlement with Cirque and its insurer after disputing his benefits through an administrative process. In 2009, Cirque suffered its first fatality when Oleksandr Zhurov, a 24-year-old from Ukraine, died three months into his initial training in Montreal while learning an act on the Russian Swing, a giant two-person contraption that can catapult a performer up to 30 feet in the air. Mr. Zhurov, who Cirque officials said had previously performed on the swing in other shows, fell backward off the apparatus while performing the less-risky role of the swing’s pusher, hitting his head on the ground with enough force to be fatal, according to a report from Quebec safety regulators. The Quebec investigators concluded he made a mistake with his foot placement and ruled it an accident. His mother, Larisa, said Cirque treated the family well. “It’s a game of chance,” she said. “One can start crossing a street and never make it.” Cirque’s “Kà” show was to be an aerial spectacle on a scale never before attempted, and its marketing highlighted its daredevil stunts. There would be no fixed stage, just a deep pit where the stage would be. A series of platforms would move back and forth and flip to become fully vertical. Performers would do much of their work as high as 75 feet in the air, with one jumping from 65 feet into an inflated air bag. On Stage at ‘Kà’ Scenes from the Cirque du Soleil production at the MGM Grand theater in Las Vegas. 1 of 5 fullscreen
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Spring 2017 LER 590-E: GOVERNMENT REGULATION II 120 | P a g e Sarah Guillot-Guyard, left, performing the role of a Forest Person in 2008 in ‘Kà.’ Leila Navidi/Las Vegas Sun/Associated Press A movable stage at the MGM Grand theater, which can become fully vertical. Nils Becker/Cirque du Soleil Performers in the Wheel of Death in ‘Kà.’ Denise Truscello/Cirque du Soleil The Twin Brother character. Eric Jamison/Cirque du Soleil The Counselor’s Son and Spearmen. Eric Jamison/Cirque du Soleil “Stuntmen in Hollywood may do a fall like that eight or nine times a year, but our guy does it
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