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South Carolina film productions may harbor workplace dangers

Movie and television productions may be more dangerous for workers than people generally assume. In 2014, a camera assistant died and eight others were injured on an independent film set because the producer/director decided to have them shoot a scene around train tracks without first getting a permit. Another fatality occurred in 2015 during the production of a Tom Cruise movie when a pilot was instructed to fly a plane that he wasn't experienced with even though he told his bosses that he didn't have the proper expertise.

Observers and industry insiders cite mounting budgetary pressures and reduced revenue opportunities as key factors in the existence of dangerous workplace conditions on film sets. Because producers are so focused on cutting costs, many make decisions that result in higher risks for staff and workers.

Although some entertainment industry safety professionals say that things have improved over the past few decades, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration received nearly twice as many reports of serious accidents on film sets in 2015 as it did in 2014. An administration spokesperson said that the agency lacks the power to raise fines, and some watchdogs suggest that current safety penalties may seem inconsequential to production studios with large financial reserves.

Although many employers adhere to workplace safety regulations, those who don't can slip under the radar. OSHA investigations aren't guaranteed solutions because the agency may lack the resources to make appropriate inquiries, and some companies actively resist reporting their wrongdoings. Victims who sustain injuries from unsafe working conditions may ultimately want to meet with an attorney to see what recourse they may have.

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