We have another lap dance accident (here and here and here). The latest injured party however is the stripper herself. Lauren Block was giving a lap dance on the second floor of Christie’s Caberet in The Flats in Cleveland when she reportedly tried to do a flip on the customer’s lap. It took her over the balcony and she landed on the first floor on her head.
The police officer reported that “(The witness) stated that (the dancer) grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail.” She is still in critical condition from “major head trauma.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating. That investigation presents a rather novel OSHA question of what is considered dangerous working conditions for a stripper. I have never had a lap dance but I am surprised that they are this acrobatic. The question is whether the establishment requires such moves or whether these strippers act as effectively independent contractors. It does seem a dangerous thing to have people straddling customers on a balcony as a general matter.