Movie goers in California and across the country often sit on the edge of their seats while they view the latest studio production. They are likely blissfully unaware of the potential dangers faced by those involved in the creation of the object of their entertainment. Unfortunately, both actors and those behind the scenes face the risk of serious workplace injuries from explosives used in stunts, falls off ladders and injuries from equipment without proper safeguards. While injured actors typically receive a great deal of media attention, those who work behind the camera are typically not generally reported.
The Associated Press recently reviewed workplace data and data associated with investigations relating to aviation safety. Its review found a total of 43 people who were killed on set over the last 26 years. Additionally, 150 people suffered serious injuries. However, this data likely does not tell the whole picture of injuries and fatalities.
As part of the review, it was discovered that many publicized accidents were missing from the data. Most notably, the death of Brandon Lee on the set of "The Crow" was omitted. Although an investigation into Lee's death reportedly generated a 1,500 page report, a representative for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration claims it was missing from the organization's database due to a clerical error.
Regardless of whether employees are positioned in front of or behind the camera, their lives have value, and serious workplace injuries could impede their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Fortunately, employers in California and across the country are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits that can help those struggling as a result of a workplace accident. An attorney with experience with such claims can help these victims pursue the compensation to which they are entitled.
Source: jacksonville.com, "Too quiet on the set; filming accidents often go untold", Anthony McCartney, Nov. 27, 2016