Further to the accidental death of stunt performer John Bernecker, on the Senoia, Georgia set of "The Walking Dead" July 12, 2017, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the US Department of Labor, has imposed a fine on Stalwart Films LLC, the company that produces the show:
"This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry", said OSHA. "The entire industry needs to commit to safety practices for actors and stunt people involved in this type of work".
"...Bernecker, a seasoned stunt performer in more than 60 films including the upcoming 'Black Panther', died two days after suffering head injuries in a fall of more than 20 feet from a balcony to a concrete floor while rehearsing a fight scene with an actor. An airbag had been placed below him, but he missed it, striking his head on the ground..."
"This was a tragic and terrible accident", said Stalwart Films. "We take the safety of our employees extremely seriously on all of our sets and comply with – and frequently exceed – industry safety standards. We disagree with the issuance of this citation and are considering our response..."
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