Federal regulators hit producers of the CBS television show MacGyver with a penalty of nearly $10,000 for safety violations related to the on-set injury of a stunt man last summer.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed that Eye Productions Inc., a CBS subsidiary company that produces the MacGyver shows, pay a penalty of $9,742 for failing to provide adequate protection from head injury during stunts.
Stunt man Justin Sundquist suffered a serious head injury on the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, film set when performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling about 18 mph, OSHA said. The head injury landed Mr. Sundquist in the intensive care unit of a hospital, according to USA Today.
“This incident underscores the requirement for employers in the entertainment industry to implement better safety practices to protect actors and stunt persons from serious injuries,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Acting Area Director Keith Hass.
The MacGyver accident is the latest in a series of recent film set accidents to rock TV and film productions in Georgia’s burgeoning film industry.
Last July, stuntman John Bernecker was killed on the set of AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead. Mr. Bernecker fell more than 20 feet from a balcony and landed on a concrete floor. He died later the same day from a massive head injury and other blunt-force trauma.
OSHA investigated The Walking Dead set in connection with Mr. Bernecker’s accidental death on the job and cited Stalwart Films LLC the maximum allowable fine of $12,675 for failure to failure to provide adequate protection from fall hazards.
“This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry,” said OSHA’s Atlanta regional administrator, Kurt Petermeyer, at the time. “The entire industry needs to commit to safety practices for actors and stunt people involved in this type of work.”
In 2014, a crew member of the movie “Midnight Rider,” a biopic about the life of Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, was killed on location in southeastern Georgia when she was struck by a CSX freight train. Six other crew members were injured in the same accident. OSHA cited the production company Film Allman LLC for one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards.