OSHA Citations Against ‘Midnight Rider’ Production Company Upheld

September 22, 2015

Citations issued by The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration against Film Allman LLC in August 2014 were upheld Sept. 15 by Judge Sharon D. Calhoun of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The citations for one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards came as a result of the death of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant. Jones was killed while trying to escape an oncoming freight train during the filming of a scene on Feb. 20, 2014, for the movie “Midnight Rider,” a biopic based on the life of musician Gregg Allman. Eight other workers were injured.

Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s regional administrator for the Southeast, issued a statement about the case:

“Bad management decisions have real and lasting consequences, and when those decisions involve safety, the consequences can be tragic. The death of Sarah Jones is particularly disheartening because it was entirely preventable.

“Film Allman’s management blatantly disregarded their obligation to ensure the safety of their crew and cast. They were fully aware that the railroad tracks were live, and that they did not have permission to film there. While yesterday’s decision cannot correct or reverse the terrible events of February 2014, we hope that it will serve as a reminder to the film industry that safety has an important, necessary role on every set and in every workplace.”

Source: OSHA

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