A recent film production shooting scenes in Georgia resulted in an accident that has left many members of the industry saddened. The incident occurred when a female camera assistant fell to her death from a narrow suspended railroad trestle during a shoot when a freight train unexpectedly came speeding towards the bridge. Although other crew members were able to make it to safety, she was not. It is unclear whether the production had obtained all required permits and clearances for shooting in that area.
Besides the fatality, the workplace accident resulted in several injuries. Since then, concerns have reportedly heightened over a lack of safety standards for behind-the-scenes crew members who frequently take risks. One veteran video coordinator said that movie making can be a hazardous occupation. She went on to add her belief that existing union regulations for employee safety were ignored on the set where the woman died.
A colleague who did not personally know the woman said that her death had in fact affected him, as he and others in her profession often are required to withstand long hours, inclement weather and other adverse work environments. He said that in retrospect, he and coworkers wonder what they were thinking at such times. He finished by saying that these types of workplace accidents are senseless and have to stop.
Many might agree with that man’s sentiment and apply it to any setting or type of vocation. Employees should not have to risk life and limb just to do a job. When employers fail to provide a safe workplace free of hazardous conditions, an attorney may be able to help an injured worker pursue a worker’s compensation claim.
Source: The Detroit News, “Camera assistant’s death rallies worried workers”, Marney Rich Keenan, February 28, 2014
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