A rep for the Indiana Occupation Safety and Health Administration tells TMZ ... an investigation into the September 1 accident -- in which a tow cable snapped and sliced through Gabriella Cedillo's skull -- concluded that producers operated by the book in coordinating the fateful stunt.Update: TMZ has posted a follow-up to the article with a comment from the family on the state's conclusions which came down to "sh@% happens."
Instead, IOSHA tells TMZ the accident occurred "due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a cable. The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place."
The IOSHA rep added, "No citations or fines will be issued. This was an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident."
The family claims, "The mere fact that the welding was performed by a 'certified welder' ... does not in any way suggest that the weld was performed properly." The family continues, "In fact the evidence is clear that it was done in a slip-shod fashion."This statement clearly comes from the family lawyers for the lawsuit as a means of PR control (in case goes to a jury). An OSHA investigation just verifies that rules and regulations were followed. The level of craftmanship is not really OSHA's jurisdiction, something like that would have to be handled as part of the lawsuit.
The statement concludes, "It is completely irresponsible for even a local government bureaucrat to rush to such sloppy conclusions."