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OSHA Cites Pasadena-based Film Company in Worker Fatality and Injuries

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 18, 2014 | In Workplace Injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Pasadena-based film company after eight workers were injured and one member of the crew was killed by a moving freight train during the filming of the movie “Midnight Rider” in Georgia.

The film company, Film Allman LLC, was filming a biopic of the life of musician Gregg Allman.

According to OSHA, the crew was filming a scene on the Doctortown train trestle in Georgia when the tragic incident took place. Reportedly, the crew saw an oncoming train and was attempting to remove set pieces and get off the trestle before it got to them. Eight crewmembers were injured by debris after the train hit a prop.

A 27-year-old camerawoman trying to outrun the train was struck and killed.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health said, “It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle.”

Apparently the railroad company CSX had no idea the crew would be on the tracks. Allman Film LLC never sought permission to use the live tracks from the train company.

All in all, OSHA issued one willful citation and one serious citation for the incident. A willful citation is issued when an employer intentionally disregards laws and shows plain indifference for a worker’s safety and health. A serious violation occurs when there is a substantial probability that death or physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known about.

The proposed penalties add up to $74,900.

The entertainment industry is an important facet of the Los Angeles employment scene, but it doesn’t excuse them from not following safety rules to ensure that employees are shielded from harm at the work site. If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one due to employer negligence, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles to learn about your legal rights.

Call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734 or contact us online to schedule a free review of your case today.

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