Lap Dance Accident Reportedly Results In Stripper Flipping Over The Side of Balcony

220px-Stripper_at_Bachelor_Party_2We 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.

Source: Fox8

40 thoughts on “Lap Dance Accident Reportedly Results In Stripper Flipping Over The Side of Balcony

  1. This is a question I can answer with authority….

    I am an Ex- Stripper…..

    It is VERY dangerous work as it is VERY acrobatic….

    As a child I was a gymnast… then I took up many forms of dancing…
    when I was 28… I needed QUICK money as I was in the midst of a break up after 5 years of living with a man…..
    Being that I needed a few thousand dollars rather quickly, I thought I would
    check out stripping for a short time…
    I LOVED IT!!!

    Now understand, I have known TRASHY sleazy Flight Attendants…
    and I have known classy strippers….
    It is all in how you treat the job…

    The stages can be quite slippery…. and the pole… well that is a danger in itself…..

    I once broke my ribs on stage…
    I was doing a Chest stand combo with splits…
    Below is pretty much exactly how I would do this on stage…

    I also had a rather unfortunate pole accident….
    I was at the top of a REALLY high pole… I flipped upside down
    by my ankles and then I would release my ankles and fly down the pole
    upside down….
    Well… I shoe with my placed right and so I was unable to stop til I hit teh floor…. OUCH….

    The Rib break was the worst though…..
    I had done this move for over a year nightly….
    then one night I felt a pop and heard a crack
    got my heal stuck in my hair and was stuck in this horrible position for a minute until I could get my self back into a normal position
    then I went to the ER, upon where I found I had 2 cracked ribs….
    below in the video you will see what I mean by this….

    Now to answer your question…..

    They are independent contractors and NO.. they are NOT required to
    do dangerous moves….

    I did because I enjoyed it… and instead of acting sleazy on stage I made it interesting elegant entertainment…

    I found that the women who were more acrobatic tended to use less sexual ways of getting attention….
    the other women used more sex and cheapness to get their attention….

    in stripping… attention is money….

    I worked in Seattle and in Vegas…
    I am 5 ft tall and no fake implants….. so I had to do things that got me
    noticed and still be able to look myself in the mirror….

    In Vegas most of the girls had HUGE implants and were quite tall…..
    on a Friday and Saturday night there are about 100 girls that are your competition…..
    Of course girls are going to do what they can to be noticed more…..

    I hope that helped answer that question…. :-)

  2. I work at this club and have for 5 years. The fact is we are private contractors and actually are not aloud to do any flipping tricks during lap dances. If we are seen we are typically told not again. It has been a rule for a while so it’s rare to see it happen anymore in our club. I’m not choosing sides just stating the facts of the club. Our club is beautiful and the best in the area. It’s sad a tragedy like this bad to happen. My prayers go out to her and her family.

  3. “strip” club, “pole” dance, “lap” dance.

    i’ve never heard of such things. i must investigate.

    to the batmobile! robin, you stay here and guard the batcave.

  4. If she is a W2 employee then she should be covered under workers’ compensation laws. The employer pays the premium, she gets covered.

    We cannot get into a situation where others import morality or deciding some arbitrary set of rules in which there is some invisible line that can be crossed and the employee or the employer is not indemnified for the loss and out on their own.

    Freak accidents happen in all professions and trades. It is not practical to enumerate all possible injuries and require a standard to be adhered to to receive the benefit.

  5. If she is a W2 employee then she should be covered under workers’ compensation laws. The employer pays the premium, she gets covered.

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    Darren….

    MOST Strippers are not W2 employees….

    so there is no workers comp…..

    Of course I danced 15 years ago…. BUT, I do not suspect much has changed since then….

    back then I also payed for my own health insurance…. BUT, when I injured myself… I had to pay for my injuries out of pocket due to the Wokers Comp laws…..
    Since I was hurt on the job…. I could not use my health insurance to pay for my care…..

  6. Christie’s dancer
    1, January 3, 2013 at 1:15 am
    I work at this club and have for 5 years. The fact is we are private contractors and actually are not aloud to do any flipping tricks during lap dances. If we are seen we are typically told not again. It has been a rule for a while so it’s rare to see it happen anymore in our club. I’m not choosing sides just stating the facts of the club. Our club is beautiful and the best in the area. It’s sad a tragedy like this bad to happen. My prayers go out to her and her family.

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    Christies Dancer…..

    I am so sorry this happened to your friend….

    I sure hope she will be ok and will recover fully from this….

    My Thoughts are for sure with her and her family and friends….

    I know that even without flipping tricks during lap dances dancing can still be dangerous….

    Pulled muscles…. knee injuries… head injuries…. and the whole lot….

    People do not understand just how physical dancing can be…..

  7. Justagrrrl

    Sad that it might be the case where they are not covered by workers’ comp.

    The woman in the video was impressive, especially with the technique where she seemed to be walking in a semi-circle while holding herself at 90 degrees straight outward. That was impressive.

  8. I am shocked that we still have agencies that have the gull to even inquire as to the safety of a work environment. The Republicans have clearly missed something in their holy crusade. Someone call Mr. Cantor or better yet forward this story to him. This agency needs to be defunded right away. There are billionaires out here who don’t know where their next bowl of caviar is coming from.

    Is she an “independent contractor? Isn’t everyone?

  9. Well Justice Holmes, the only thing worse than unmitigated gull is unmitigated albatross. Or being Robin stuck back watching the Batcave.

  10. My daughter’s a stripper. I can tell you that in most states, not only are strippers not salaried employees, they pay the club a nightly stage fee for the privilege of dancing, and work entirely for tips. Fees for table dances, lap dances, and VIP room dances are split with the club. No benefits whatsoever–my daughter pays for her own health insurance.

    As justagurl said, dancers of all genres are subject to injuries, mostly soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) and foot injuries. Pole dancing is quite athletic and many of the showier moves–especially those inverted drops–are risky. However, I’d be VERY surprised if the club requires that the dancers do any of that stuff, because it has little to no effect on the club’s income; the club makes its money on private dances, and, let’s face it, those aren’t about acrobatic moves.

    Since my daughter started in the business, I’ve become hyper-aware of the facile stripper trope in TV (mostly crime shows) and movies: the airheaded girl on a slippery slope to prostitution, clinging to a transparent fiction that she’s saving money to pay for college. I’ve been surprised and intrigued to find that while there are of course strippers who fit that description, there are many more who do not.

    My daughter, for instance, has a college degree and manages her money very cannily. She pays her taxes and takes home six figures for working three days a week. Last year she bought her first home–with cash. She’s fiercely independent, loves her work, and is in ridiculously good physical shape–she ran a half marathon last month.

  11. University Graduate
    1, January 3, 2013 at 8:12 am
    How can one tell how back the head trauma really is?

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    Via MRI…. University Graduate….

    unless of course you are going for the cheap Strippers are dumb routine
    in which case, YOU might want to proof read before posting a comment that calls intelligence into question…. :-)

  12. justagurlinseattle
    1, January 3, 2013 at 12:33 am
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    Holy Hannah! justagurl… I’m impressed. I thought Nursing was hard work.

    My friends took me to a strip joint on my 21st birthday, we had a blast and chatted w/the dancer after the show, she was gorgeous, waaaaay too young to be doing what she was doing and hated her job. She was also on her own so thought she had no choice. I wonder if the work is as rough as the ones you work for? In any event, i’m all for any gov protections that can be given in this industry…. some of the girls LOVE the job (I probably would have when I was younger and could do maybe some of the stuff you can do… ;) Ms. Butterfly obviously is enjoying herself and that is what makes work tolerable…. again….wow….

  13. Mel, you are absolutely correct….

    In seattle I had to pay $70 a night to work in my club….

    In Vegas at the Crazy Horse 2.. I paid 10%…

    and yes… the money is INSANE…. I LOVED my job…. more than any other job I have had in my life….

    I think it is GREAT that you are so supportive of her decision to dance…
    there are a lot of girls that have to lie about that they dance to their parents….

    As for the stereotypes of strippers that you mention….
    I too was very frustrated by this…. When I was not working I wore suits…
    when people would first meet me they were shocked that I was a stripper….
    I also found it odd that people would think that most were into Prostitution being that we make around $1,000 a night and that is just for table dances….

    by the way…. tell your daughter to take LOTS of photos and try to at least get a video tape of her performance on stage…. That is my ONE regret is not having much from that time to look back on….

    this is ALL I have left of that time….

    This is just an OLD magazine that I was in for being a Finalist in the 1995 Showgirl Of the Year competition in Las Vegas…

    the second from the left is what I wore most of the time when I danced on stage, the long white dress….
    the others are from different parts of the competition…. Bathing suit… Talent and evening dress and the white dress of course was the stage performance….

  14. Holy Hannah! justagurl… I’m impressed. I thought Nursing was hard work.

    My friends took me to a strip joint on my 21st birthday, we had a blast and chatted w/the dancer after the show, she was gorgeous, waaaaay too young to be doing what she was doing and hated her job. She was also on her own so thought she had no choice. I wonder if the work is as rough as the ones you work for? In any event, i’m all for any gov protections that can be given in this industry…. some of the girls LOVE the job (I probably would have when I was younger and could do maybe some of the stuff you can do… ;) Ms. Butterfly obviously is enjoying herself and that is what makes work tolerable…. again….wow….

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    That is funny that they took you to a strip club for your 21st… :-)

    My husband has never been to one… Personally I find that a bit strange….
    not long ago… If I was out with my guy friends, I would take them to Strip Clubs…. :-)
    I think it is fun entertainment…

    I worked with MANY young girls…. In Washington you only have to be 18 to dance…. I think that is WAYYYY too young….
    heck… for that road.. I think 21 is too young… I was 27 when I started…. that photo of me, I was 29….
    I think that 25 is a better age for this…. and the younger the girls start the more apt they are to become jaded by the work… and not enjoy it as much….

    as for Ms Butterfly…. she is the reason I’m getting a stripper pole in my living room…. :-)

  15. as for Ms Butterfly…. she is the reason I’m getting a stripper pole in my living room….
    ————
    well they say it is the best workout….it’s very popular right now and dare I say, mainstream. I am a fan of belly dancing for a good core workout…

  16. the clip is above about 20 posts up….

    in the bottom right hand corner there is a small You Tube Button
    If you hover over the You Tube button it will say WATCH ON YOUTUBE….
    If you click on that,… it will take you right to the video…. :-)

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    Woosty’s still a Cat
    1, January 3, 2013 at 10:08 am
    as for Ms Butterfly…. she is the reason I’m getting a stripper pole in my living room….
    ————
    well they say it is the best workout….it’s very popular right now and dare I say, mainstream. I am a fan of belly dancing for a good core workout…

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    I go salsa dancing a bit here and there…. that is also a GREAT workout…

    and if I am feeling like a workout at home , I look up Shakira videos on Youtube and
    do the Belly dancing routines she does on stage… :-D

  17. JAG, I didn’t know you worked the pole!! I had an insurance client who wrote insurance for businesses nobody else would, which included “Gentleman’s Clubs.” I got to know a lot of the girls. Cases were often a bouncer throwing customers out[literally] for touching the girls. One case was a young woman who was a good gymnast. She had a move, which she showed me, where she would spin around the pole, onto the floor, and then flip her legs on the guys shoulder. Quite impressive. She did this move and the A$$hole customer inserted his finger into her vagina. She should have called the cops on that one since it is first degree sexual assault. Instead, the bouncer threw the guy out the door, into the parking lot, separating his shoulder. He filed a lawsuit which got me involved. Tracking down you girls is tough. As you know there are stage names[I would love to know what yours was], aliases, and real names. There were ~5 other girls working that night and I had to find and interview them. There was almost 2 years between the incident and the lawsuit being filed and you know how mobile strippers are!

  18. Darren, Being a business owner you know there must be an employer/employee relationship for work comp coverage. These girls are private contractors, usually working several venues. The insurance company I worked for did have comp coverage for bartenders and waitresses, but not the dancers.

  19. If being a stripper is so great then why aren’t the dancers and their parents using a verifiable identity? There is no way to know if their posts about the advantages of being a pole dancer by the managers of the clubs. From what I’ve read about prostitution, the pay isn’t very good considering the risks and it would make sense that that would be true with pole dancing too. Touting the high pay is a way to avoid the issues of whether customers are enabling behavior that damages the dancers, society in general and the neighborhood. Since 1099’s aren’t issued, there is no way to know if the pay is really high or not.

    There is very little discussion about how pole dancing clubs affect neighboring businesses and residential areas.

  20. That is a HORRIBLE story…. that poor girl…..
    That man would have gotten a metal spike heel in his crotch region
    REAL FAST……. I wore 5 inch steal spiked heels just for that kind of thing….
    I once broke a mans thumb for grabbing my a$$ as I was walking by….

    It is funny you mention stage names… I was one of the few that never used a stage name…. My Name was Rhonda…. :-)
    NOBODY believed me anyway…. lol…. I always thought thought that was funny…. :-)

    “”Tracking down you girls is tough. As you know there are stage names[I would love to know what yours was], aliases, and real names. There were ~5 other girls working that night and I had to find and interview them. There was almost 2 years between the incident and the lawsuit being filed and you know how mobile strippers are!”””

    this is so true…. I am still trying to find girls I worked with….
    Also trying to get a copy of a tape that Deja Vu has of me….
    they taped the Showgirl Of The Year competitions….. and I would give ANYTHING for a copy of that tape…..
    I only stated becoming more mobile after the laws in Seattle kept passing making dancing more and more strict…. I left Seattle when they started a 4 foot ruling….
    dancers had to stay 4 feet from the men during the dances…. that included
    the pole and stage…. Guys were no longer allowed to come up to the stage and tip the girls….

    Ohhhh I was MAD…. the 100’s of thousands of dollars spent by the city to bust strippers for getting TOO close to the men during dances….. girls being busted for flashing…. and Illicit eye contact…. YES… that is considered Prostitution to keep eye contact too long with a customer….
    and the flashing…. hahahaha… that was one of the biggest jokes….
    It is so dark in many clubs that there is NO WAY you can see a persons face much less if a girl flashed them a boob….
    BUT, Vice Cops like strip clubs…. they get paid to harass the girls…. and get to buy as many dances as they want paid for by the STATE and City….

  21. nick:

    what other stories do you have? write a book and call it “Working the Pole or how one Private Dick Found Satisfaction and Happiness with Gum Shoes.”

  22. kaysieverding
    1, January 3, 2013 at 10:26 am
    If being a stripper is so great then why aren’t the dancers and their parents using a verifiable identity? There is no way to know if their posts about the advantages of being a pole dancer by the managers of the clubs. From what I’ve read about prostitution, the pay isn’t very good considering the risks and it would make sense that that would be true with pole dancing too. Touting the high pay is a way to avoid the issues of whether customers are enabling behavior that damages the dancers, society in general and the neighborhood. Since 1099′s aren’t issued, there is no way to know if the pay is really high or not.

    There is very little discussion about how pole dancing clubs affect neighboring businesses and residential areas.

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    Because somewhere along the way, somebody decided that it was a dangerous business.. and that there was a huge danger to the Girls…..

    I worked at a club with a gal that was BRUTALLY Murdered….
    and I mean BRUTALLY…..

    Of course we all got a bit worried and hired body guards and upped our security…..

    The case was solved just a few years ago… It had NOTHING to do with her dancing….. It was a Serial Killer who found her at a gas station getting gas after work….. he murdered a few other girls as well who had NOTHING to do with Stripping…..

    here is an article from her murder…..

    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110519/NEWS01/705199866

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    “”””From what I’ve read about prostitution, the pay isn’t very good considering the risks and it would make sense that that would be true with pole dancing too. “”””””

    and WHAT part of Stripping is PROSTITUTION????

    They are NOT even in the same BALL PARK….

    Fact is…. it is just as safe as being a cocktail waitress….. just men see a little more of you and get to know you a little better because you sit with them and talk and many become regulars….
    so there have been instances of stalking…. same as with Cocktail waitresses…. and with ANY job that women are involved with…

    “”””There is very little discussion about how pole dancing clubs affect neighboring businesses and residential areas.””””

    It depends on the Club…..

    There are strip clubs right next to Casinos in Vegas….
    We call them Gentleman’s Clubs…. If it is an upper scale club it is GREAT for business…..

    and fact is…. If men have an outlet for their sexual fantasies… they will be less likely to do harm to others…..

    SEX is healthy and a part of nature….

  23. JAG,

    I’m a bit like your husband, although I have been to strip clubs. I don’t think it’s weird at all. I’ll have to say in all seriousness, I’m a guy who doesn’t get the attraction of strippers despite the joke about Robin being left at the Batcave. Maybe it’s because I don’t have to pay anything at all to get horny. I have an imagination and a penis, that is all that is required. It’s just a huge waste of money to me and I really don’t like overpriced watered down drinks. I’ll go if it’s a bachelor party or something like that, but really I’d rather do something else. Paying for strippers is like paying to look at a steak. I’d rather spend the money on a steak I can eat. That being said, I’m also not the kind of guy to hire a prostitute. I’m not passing judgement on those who do either. I think prostitution should be perfectly legal. However, I personally enjoy sex much more with someone I know and at least like than with a stranger. Then again, I’m also a one gal at a time kind of guy. I’ve dated multiple ladies at the same time, sure, but once one of them develops into a more than casual relationship a policy of exclusivity comes into play. I just think that’s fair if you are treating the relationship with any degree of seriousness. For being a complete raging liberal on most things, that’s one area of my life I’m kind of old fashioned about but it has nothing to do with prudishness. It’s just the way I’m wired.

  24. Bron, LOL! I have worked many interesting cases but believe me, so many were run of the mill auto accident, slip and falls, product liability, etc. that would put an insomniac to sleep.

  25. being a stripper is more like being a Psychologist if anything…..

    Men come to you because they are lonely…. I had a Regular customer who was Paraplegic… he was wealthy as heck and lonely…..
    I had another who was a burn victim…. his face had been burned off…..

    Single men who just wanted somebody to listen to them…. and married men who’s wives liked to winge a little too much… and men from out of town on business who just wanted to be around people….

    In Texas a LOT of Business is done in Gentlemen’s Clubs… It is quite odd in that the Southern States tend to be a bit more liberal when it comes to these kinds of clubs….

    You mentioned Prostitution and the risk not being worth the pay….
    That is for street walkers…. that is HIGH Risk very low pay….

    there are Call Girls that make THOUSANDS a night…. they have a more controlled environment…. lower risk MUCH Higher pay…..

    and then Strippers…. the seedy clubs girls still make OK money…..

    BUT, in my first Club, I made about $500 a night….
    then my later clubs I made a $1,000 a night….
    and yes… paid taxes…. You have to when making that kind of money if you want to buy a house or anything of value to build credit…

  26. Swarthmore mom
    1, January 3, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Here’s some Shakira for you justagirl. It got me dancin.

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    Thank you Swathmore Mom…..

    I LOVE this song….
    and yes… it does get you dancing…. :-D

  27. I have zero sympathy for her. At 22, she should have known better not to do any dangerous moves close to a balcony. Now, one way or the other society has to pay.

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