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MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil Cited in Performer's Death

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Sarah Guillot-Guyard teaching acrobat student Sarah Guillot-Guyard teaching acrobat student

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and Cirque du Soleil have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for several safety violations in connection with the death of a performer at "Ka" this past summer.

Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died June 29 after the wire rope she was attached to during a battle scene broke. She fell about 94 feet and died from multiple blunt force trauma.

According to OSHA's report, Cirque du Soleil was cited for six items, including not properly training Guillot-Guyard and for not properly assessing the stage for hazards. It is facing more than $25,000 in fines.

MGM Grand was cited for three violations because of the deficiencies in Cirque du Soleil's safety standards. It is facing $7,000 in fines. Both companies plan on appealing the decision.

OSHA also ruled that Guillot-Guyard was partially to blame for the accident because she ascended too fast during the performance causing the wire rope to become exposed from its pulley. The wire was able to scrape against a shear point and severed.

Cirque du Soleil closed the show for 17 days, following the accident. Guillot-Guyard was the first performer to die in an onstage accident in the company's 29 year history.

Cirque du Soleil released the following statement Tuesday afternoon.

"Cirque du Soleil completed an exhaustive review of its safety policies and procedures in the wake of the tragic accident involving Sarah. We have redoubled our efforts to ensure the overall diligence and safety of our performers and crew. We have received and reviewed the OSHA citations. We have initiated the appeal process as part of OSHA's administrative protocol. Safety always has been the top priority for Cirque du Soleil, its performers and crew members."

"We have received and reviewed the OSHA citations and will initiate the appeal process as part of OSHA's administrative protocol. Safety always has been the top priority for both MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil and we continue to work to ensure the safety of our cast and crew." Alan Feldman, Executive Vice President, MGM Resorts International, said in a statement.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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