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Incredible Corn Maze closed 'indefinitely'; OSHA reduces penalty against operators

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Jeremy McSpadden, 18, died October 10 when he was run over by a converted "zombie slayer" bus that was part of a Halloween attraction. Jeremy McSpadden, 18, died October 10 when he was run over by a converted "zombie slayer" bus that was part of a Halloween attraction.
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• Failing to ensure that eye and face protective equipment was maintained in usable condition after being shot with paintballs, which obstructed the vision of zombie role-players.

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