Sony Pictures Accused of Deterring Probe of Death

From Times Staff Reports

State regulators said Thursday that Sony Pictures is thwarting an investigation into the March death of a crew worker on the Downey set of its big-budget feature film "Spider-Man."

Tim Holcombe, 45, of Monrovia died when a crane toppled onto him while he and other crew members were constructing a set at the former Rockwell International aerospace plant, 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health went to court earlier this month to subpoena company records in connection with the accident, Cal/OSHA spokesman Dean Fryer said. But the documents have not been turned over, he said.

Sony Pictures spokesman Steve Hagey disputed the state's contention that the company has been uncooperative.

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