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    Joi “SJ” Harris

    Always tragic to hear of the death of a stunt person.

    'Deadpool 2’ Stunt Crash Victim ID’d As First African-American Female Pro Road Racer; Director & Fox “Deeply Saddened” – Update
    by Dominic Patten and David Robb and Anita Busch
    August 14, 2017 4:05pm


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    WRITETHRU, 4:50 PM: A rookie stuntwoman who was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as the first African-American female professional road racer. Joi “SJ” Harris was doing her first film as a stunt performer, Deadline has learned. A spokesman for ACTRA confirmed her identity to Deadline, though she is not a member of the Canadian actors union.


    Joi Harris via Facebook

    Production on the superhero sequel was shut down immediately after the fatality, and there’s no word on when filming will resume. It’s the second on-set death in North America in a month; John Bernecker suffered massive head injuries in a fall July 12 on the set of The Walking Dead and died shortly afterward.

    Details still are coming in, but witnesses said the crew was filming a stunt sequence when Harris lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower on West Waterfront Road near Jack Poole Plaza. The stuntwoman was playing the Domino character in the sequence in the Ryan Reynolds superhero sequel. Actress Zazie Beetz is playing Domino in Deadpool 2. Reynolds tweeted a photo of Beetz in character two weeks ago.

    A source close to the situation said Harris, who was an experienced road racer, had been rehearsing the stunt all day Saturday. A studio production source said that there were “two full days of rehearsals over the weekend, and on Monday, they ran the stunt five-plus times before filming.”

    An eyewitness told Deadline that, on the last take, the bike seemed to accelerate when it was supposed to slow as she took the corner. Harris was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred today because the Domino character did not wear one in the scene.

    Deadline has been told that the crew is enduring very long hours — that includes weekends — and that workers feel like they are being run ragged. “People are exhausted by the schedule,” one crew member told Deadline, noting that they were working multiple 16-hour days in a row. That, however, is disputed by a studio production source, who said the daily shooting schedule on the Vancouver set is 12-13 hours, and there were only two 15-plus-hour days, about three weeks ago.

    Reynolds said he was “devastated” by Harris’ death. Producer Simon Kinberg had no comment when contacted by Deadline.

    David Leitch, director of Deadpool 2 said in a statement to Deadline: “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.” A 20th Century Fox spokesman told Deadline: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”


    Joi Harris via Facebook

    According to her online bio, Harris began motorcycle riding in Brooklyn and in 2013 — after logging more than 1,500 training hours — became the first African American woman licensed to actively compete in American Motorcyclist Association races. An injury from an on-track crash while training for her first race forced Harris to wait until 2014 to begin competing in the American Sportbike Racing Association/Championship Cup Series. Since then she had been an outspoken advocate for female racing.

    “I’ve learned to accept that I am not the greatest rider that exists and that there is always something to learn when on track and pushing limits,” she said on her website. “Sometimes I’m going to eat it if I’m impatient. Everything takes time. Face your fears — you never know what you can be missing out on.”

    The Vancouver Police Department confirmed the death on social media this morning. Law enforcement in Reynolds’ hometown said they are investigating the incident along with the BC Coroner’s Service and WorkSafeBC, British Columbia’s version of the U.S.’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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    “We have five officers on site and two are looking at immediate occupational safety and health issues to make sure the site is safe,” Trish Knight Chernecki, senior manager for WorkSafeBC, told Deadline. “The other three officers on site are investigating the cause of the incident and the prevention of future incidents.”

    Andy Watson, a spokesman for the BC Coroner’s Service, told Deadline: “We have opened an investigation,” said its spokesman, “Anytime there is a fatality in the province we investigate. We have a mandate to prevent future deaths and to make any recommendations that could come from our findings.”

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    Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the city will continue to support the filming there when the crew recovers from the emotional trauma. “We are extremely saddened to hear of the tragic incident that took the life of a stuntwoman working on the set of Deadpool 2 downtown earlier today,” he said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to her family and friends, and to all those working on set who have been impacted by the loss of their colleague. We will continue to support the crew and production as they work to recover emotionally and as they continue their next phase of filming.”

    As previously mentioned, today’s accident marks the second stunt-related on-set death in North America in about a month; stuntman John Bernecker suffered massive head injuries in a fall July 12 on the set of The Walking Dead and later died at Atlanta Medical Center. That was believed to be the first stunt-related death in the United States in more than 17 years.

    The veteran stuntman was doing a fight scene for the zombie apocalypse drama with actor Austin Amelio on a balcony when he fell about 30 feet to a concrete floor, just missing the safety pad and landing on his head and neck.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and SAG-AFTRA opened investigations into Bernecker’s death. Mike D’Aquino, a spokesman for the regional OSHA office in Atlanta, said that the investigation could take up to six months to complete. The Coweta County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Department have ruled the death an accident and closed their respective cases into the matter.

    AMC temporarily halted production on Season 8 of the zombie apocalypse series in the wake of the accident.

    Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.
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    Life is hard for stuntpeople

    SAG-AFTRA Presidential Candidate Pete Antico Blasts Union Leaders Following ‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Death
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    SAG-AFTRA presidential candidate and veteran stuntman Pete Antico has blasted union leadership for failure to provide protection to the stunt community.

    Antico issued a blistering statement to Variety on Tuesday, a day after the death of stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris on the set of “Deadpool 2” and a month after John Bernecker’s death on “The Walking Dead” set. Antico said both deaths are tragic.

    “The stunt coordinators on those sets have vast experience tenure and are at the top of their game,” he said. “We have not received much information regarding the details of the incidents; however, I do know that the stunt community is not protected in our collective bargaining agreement and has not been for years. There are no qualifications for a stunt coordinator in our collective bargaining agreement. There never was. That is unconscionable. A producer can hire anyone who says they are a coordinator and most of the time you get what you pay for.”

    Antico noted that there are no ambulances required on a set when action is being performed — a provision that he contends should be mandatory. And he has been alleging that changes in travel provisions in the recently ratified contract are problematic, pointing to president Gabrielle Carteris and national exec director David White.

    “I can’t believe our current leadership under Gabrielle Carteris and David White gutted all safety out of our contract and actually pushed ratifying a deal that is a recipe for many more accidents and future deaths,” Antico said. “The rest periods given away in the travel provisions of our contract that was in full force for over 50 years have been given away. This means they can bring actors and stunt people in with a 10-hour rest period instead of a 12-hour rest period and coordinators who generally work 14- to 15-hour days on film and TV will not get the rest they need to ensure safety on the set.”

    Antico said that coordinators are often prepping action in advance, many times with complex rigging involved in film, or with multiple TV shows in advance, resulting in turnaround times as short as nine hours.

    “This practice is unsafe,” Antico said. “This lack of rest affects actors and the crew alike and is unacceptable and I am asking the labor commissioner to get involved.”

    SAG-AFTRA issued a statement Monday in response to Harris’ death: “We are all grieving the tragic death of a stunt performer on the ‘Deadpool 2’ set today. Our hearts and prayers are with her family, friends and fellow cast and crew members. The safety of our members and other production professionals on set is a core concern and top priority for SAG-AFTRA. Accordingly, we are sending a field representative to Vancouver and are investigating the incident.”

    Antico has received endorsements from Sylvester Stallone, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Andrew Dice Clay, and asserts that he received the backing from the actors because they understand “the value of human life above all things, as well as ethics, principles, and honest business practices.”

    Antico added that the government should intervene: “I am calling on the government to get involved to protect all members in our labor organization. I believe our current contract to be grossly negligent in the field of safety and feel that appropriate charges should be filed to protect us.”

    Antico has been a longtime critic of SAG-AFTRA’s elected leadership and its executive staff. He has credits on dozens of films, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Danny Collins,” “Daredevil,” “Training Day,” “Monster Trucks,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

    Antico is one of five candidates seeking the post along with current president Carteris, national board member Esai Morales, and independents Robert B. Martin Jr. and Marilyn Monrovia. Ballots went out last month to about 144,000 members and must be returned by Aug. 24.
    There was a death on TWD recently too.

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    More on Harris

    Somewhat ironic that Deadpool now has blood on its hands.

    AUGUST 23, 2017 6:00am PT by Scott Johnson
    'Deadpool 2' Set Death Likely Could Have Been Prevented


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    The scene in Vancouver for the Aug. 14 stunt involving motorcycle racer S.J. Harris.

    Producers are said to have ignored stunt coordinators’ concerns about the motorcyclist amid a desire for a race and gender match.
    In the days leading up to the Deadpool 2 motorcycle stunt that killed racer S.J. Harris on Aug. 14 in Vancouver, the crew was said to be growing increasingly agitated and nervous about the potential for something to go wrong.

    The 20th Century Fox sequel’s producers had been exerting pressure to have the 40-year-old Harris, who had raced professionally but had never worked on a film, perform that day’s stunt because, as an African-American, she was a believable stand-in for Zazie Beetz, who portrays Domino in the film. But several crewmembers warned the producers that Harris wasn’t ready, a production source tells The Hollywood Reporter.

    “She was improving, but I was watching her and, oh my God, I thought, ‘It’s just a matter of time before she crashes into a wall or runs somebody over,’” says one stunt performer who had been training Harris the day before the crash that killed her. A member of the stunt team alerted the movie’s producers to these concerns but was ignored, according to the source who trained Harris.

    From a technical perspective, the stunt was relatively straightforward. It called for a rider sitting astride a Ducati 939 Hyperstrada motorcycle to exit a building, descend a ramp over three small stairs and stop on a nearby landing. For a stunt professional, it would have been a cinch. But Harris had never even been on a film shoot before.

    And the crash occurred on the first live take. The accident has drawn outrage and tough questions from the Hollywood stunt community. “The producers put pressure to have somebody of the same sex and ethnicity in a position she wasn’t qualified to be in,” says Conrad Palmisano, a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director with 47 years in the entertainment industry, including credits on Sleepless in Seattle and 21 Jump Street. Palmisano says he has been in close touch with several people who were on the Deadpool 2 set that day. “The stunt coordinators caved to the pressure. All the stunt people could do was take it to their higher-ups. They’re going to follow their chain of command.”

    Fox and a rep for Deadpool 2 director David Leitch (himself a former stunt coordinator) declined to comment. The film restarted production days after the accident and is on track for its June 1 release.

    According to a preliminary report issued by WorkSafeBC, the Canadian equivalent of OSHA, Harris “continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing and continued to drive down a second ramp built over the bottom stairs and across the roadway.” Still astride the motorcycle, the report continues, Harris rode into a concrete sidewalk curb, where she “was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate-glass window of a building.”

    Several people were forced to jump out of the way of the speeding bike. Immediately after she crashed, many ran over to offer first aid and saw that Harris was grievously injured, according to people on the set.

    Whatever happened, those who had worked closely with Harris have apparently come to the conclusion that it was likely rider error. The question for investigators is, why was she put in this position? She had crashed the bike on two separate occasions days before the accident, say two people familiar with the shoot.

    And Harris was the second person enlisted to do the job, as the production had earlier hired another woman who hadn’t performed well on the motorcycle in preparation for the stunt, a source says.

    “If the movie’s producers had to go outside of the normal stunt community to find someone who was both qualified and resembles the actress, that speaks to a problem of lack of diversity of stunt performers,” says Darnell Hunt, the dean of Social Sciences at UCLA who helps produce the annual “Hollywood Diversity Report,” which comes out before the Oscars every year.

    Harris’ death is the second fatal on-set accident in less than a month. In July, stuntman John Bernecker was killed when he fell off a warehouse balcony on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead. Before that, the last on-set fatality occurred in spring 2014 during filming of Midnight Rider, when camerawoman Sarah Jones was killed by a train on a bridge trestle, also in Georgia. Jones’ death inspired a large community of safety-minded professionals to gather regularly online to monitor safety-related incidents.

    “I cringed every time she went out,” says the person who had been working with Harris, “Like, when is she going to crash?” This person eventually left the set and told the producers she wanted nothing more to do with the movie. “They were warned, yes!”
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    SAG-AFTRA Establishes “Standards And Practices” For Stunt Coordinators
    David Robb
    March 15, 2018 6:31PM PDT


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    EXCLUSIVE: In a move to bolster safety and foster diversity and gender equality, SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors has established a new set of “standards and practices” for film and TV stunt coordinators. The move comes in the wake of two-stunt related deaths last year, and a growing outcry from stuntwomen about stuntmen donning wigs and women’s clothes to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as “wigging.”

    The union’s contract with employers has long required stunt coordinators to “endeavor” to find qualified women and minority stunt performers to double for women and minority actors.

    The new standards and practices stop well short of outright banning “wigging” or “painting down” white stunt performers to double for actors of color – a practice the union discourages – but they do establish new procedures for dealing with stunt coordinators who don’t follow the rules, spelling out an oversight and follow-up procedure to make sure the new code is followed.

    At the same time, however, coordinators who violate the new rules will no longer be subject to Article XIV of the SAG-AFTRA constitution and bylaws, which governs the suspension or expulsion of members “engaging in actions antagonistic to the interests or integrity of the union.”

    One of the key new provisions states that “a stunt coordinator does not solicit or encourage any performer to violate any of the terms and conditions of any SAG-AFTRA agreement, including provisions relating to gender equity and diversity in casting.” It’s a rule, the guild says, “to which all stunt coordinators should adhere.”

    The new code goes on to state that “In the event that a stunt coordinator is alleged not to have fulfilled the foregoing standards and practices, staff will conduct a preliminary inquiry into the circumstances of the alleged violation. If the violation is determined to be founded, in lieu of any recourse to proceedings under Article XIV of the Constitution, the staff, in consultation with committee leadership, as appropriate, will reach out to that stunt coordinator to educate him or her on the standards and practices, and will assist the stunt coordinator in determining how to proceed with respect to the particular issue in question. Staff in coordination with counsel will maintain a record of all reported violations of the standards and practices and the results of any inquiry or investigation thereof.”

    The new code also states:

    A stunt coordinator reports all violations of SAG-AFTRA agreements committed by production to SAG-AFTRA
    A stunt coordinator takes any appropriate actions necessary to ensure the safety of performers or others on the set
    A stunt coordinator engages pro-actively with the appropriate personnel in other departments inclusive of but not limited to AD’s, Special Effects, Props etc. regarding the safety of performers
    A stunt coordinator strives to ensure that all performers, as appropriate to the scene, are present at all production safety meetings.
    “SAG-AFTRA stunt coordinators are the industry professionals that exemplify the highest standards in safety and practicing of the stunt coordinating craft,” the union said in a notice about the new rules. “SAG-AFTRA stunt coordinators are the frontline in promoting adherence to the stunt and safety-related terms and conditions contained in any SAG-AFTRA agreement.”
    We've posted a few stunt deaths & accidents here already in various film & TV threads. Here's a few - there are likely more but I'm not going to search them all out now.
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    Stunt injury

    I could've sworn there was a thread collating stunt injuries from film and TV somewhere here on this subforum. If I find it, I'll merge.

    AUGUST 22, 2018 12:03pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
    ‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Seriously Injured on Set of CBS Series


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    Justin Sundquist, who sued CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios last year after being injured on the set of 'Hawaii Five-0,' has been hurt on the Atlanta set of the network drama.

    MacGyver stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist has been seriously injured on the set of the CBS series.

    Sources say that he sustained a head injury while performing a stunt that resulted in him falling off a moving vehicle. Sundquist is not one of the show's stuntmen but is instead a stunt coordinator, the person on set who is normally responsible for the safety of the stunts.

    "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS TV Studios said Wednesday in a statement. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being."

    Sources add that Sundquist was put in a medically induced coma as a result of the injury and remains hospitalized. His condition was improving on Thursday but he still remains unconscious, per insiders. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also opened an investigation into the matter, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

    The accident comes a year after Sundquist sued CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios for getting hurt on the set of another one of the network's shows, Hawaii Five-0. He claimed he was hit by a car during a stunt due to recklessness of safety personnel. Sources say the two parties settled.

    Deadline first reported the news of Sundquist's on-set injury.

    This story was updated on Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. PST.
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    Jon James McMurray

    Rapper Falls to Death While Filming Stunt on Plane's Wing
    3:48 PM PDT 10/23/2018 by the Associated Press


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    Musician Jon James McMurray was walking on the wing of a small Cessna aircraft for a stunt in a music video.

    A Canadian rapper died while performing a stunt that involved rapping while walking on the wing of a plane.

    British Columbia's Coroners Service says 34-four-year-old Jon James McMurray died Saturday while working with a team making videos of airplane stunts and parachuting in that province.

    McMurray manager Ryan Desrochers says the rapper had trained "intensively" for the stunt but as he moved ****her out onto a wing the small Cessna went into a downward spiral. The manager says McMurray held onto the wing too long and by the time he let go he didn't have time to open his parachute.

    The plane and pilot later landed safely.
    Who here has parachuted from a small plane like a Cessna? I did a static line jump years ago. Climbing out on that wing strut is intense.
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    I felt this was trending a bit more lately

    Here's a fair explanation why.



    Stunted: How Hollywood’s Content Boom Is Leading to More Stuntperson Injuries and Deaths
    by Scott Johnson October 31, 2018, 9:00am PDT

    It’s the dark side of Peak TV: With seasoned pros stretched thin, productions are hiring haphazardly and cutting corners as stunt performers go public with complaints that union regulations have "no teeth" and new oversight may not go nearly far enough.
    Before she arrived on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 in mid-August 2017, Joi Harris had never performed a stunt. She'd never been anywhere near a movie or TV set, for that matter. Producers and studio 20th Century Fox wanted an African-American double for Zazie Beetz, who'd been cast in the role of Domino. They hired Harris, 40, who had done some motorcycle racing, and flew her in a couple of days before the shoot. The sequence was pretty straightforward. It called for a rider, sitting astride a powerful Ducati 939 Hyperstrada motorcycle, to coast down a set of planks that had been laid over a few stairs. Harris would be traveling about 5 miles an hour, though onscreen it would be made to look as if she were going much faster.

    As the day approached, several experienced stunt performers who had been training Harris all weekend say they told producers and the stunt coordinator they believed Harris wasn't ready. They warned the production that racing on a track was very different from performing in front of cameras and an audience. Producers stuck to the plan. Canada's workplace safety agency, WorkSafeBC, hasn't released its final report on what happened next, but three people familiar with that day's shoot say they watched in horror as Harris, on the first live take, lost control of the bike. She hung on as it sped across a street at high speed before hitting a planter, which sent her hurtling headfirst through a plate glass window. She wasn't wearing a helmet. It was 9:30 in the morning, and her very first stunt would also be her last.

    For as long as there have been stunts, the men and women performing them have been hurting themselves, sometimes fatally. The 1980s was a particularly lethal decade, with 40 stunt-related deaths, after which increased diligence on film and TV sets led to improvements. Nonetheless, Hollywood stuntpeople agree that the past several years have brought about a troubling change when it comes to safety. The primary driver is the huge increase in streaming content, which has led some productions and stunt coordinators — whose job it is to oversee all aspects of a production's stunt work — to cut corners. An FX study from January estimated more than 520 TV shows would appear in 2018, a 7 percent increase from 2016, and more than double the 200 or so programs in 2010. "The demand for content is so extreme that productions are just hiring whomever," says Jim Vickers, a 30-year stuntman who has worked on Training Day, Lucifer and Scorpion. The trend is set to continue with such platforms as Facebook and Apple expanding into scripted content.

    On sets from Atlanta to Vancouver to L.A., stunt workers have been getting injured in serious and seemingly preventable accidents. A month before Harris' accident, an up-and-coming, well-regarded stunt performer named John Bernecker, 33, died in a troubling fall while filming an episode of The Walking Dead in Georgia. It was the first stunt death since 2002. Bernecker's case is still being investigated as questions linger about whether proper precautions were taken. In August, stuntman Justin Sundquist on CBS' MacGyver suffered a head injury and fell into a coma. Sundquist, who also was injured in 2016 while working on CBS' Hawaii Five-0, has emerged but has yet to return to work and has not spoken publicly about the accident. That same month, stuntwoman Laurie Harper filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Entertainment and other producers of the 2017 comedy Rough Night, alleging negligence.


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    Stuntman John Bernecker, seen on the show Into the Badlands, died on the set of The Walking Dead in July.

    According to the complaint, producers and stunt crew failed to place safety pads under the sand on the New York beach where Harper, after crash-landing a Jet Ski traveling 28 miles an hour (the industry recommendation is 14 mph), fell and injured herself, suffering traumatic brain injury and leaving her "sick, sore, lame and disabled." To add insult to injury, the complaint states, the actual footage of Harper's accident was ultimately used in the film. "We've been seeing a lot of injuries lately," says Vickers. "There are no requirements within SAG [the guild covering stunt performers] that stipulate what you need to be a performer or a coordinator."

    An official from SAG-AFTRA says that with the jump in both the number of productions and their geographical dispersion, there comes "an increased risk of unqualified stunt coordinators" who might be putting people's lives at risk. Given the backdrop of mounting injuries, Harris' death "was an eye-opener," says Cort Hessler, chair of the guild's Stunt and Safety Committee. (According to their lawyer, Harris' family is in discussions with 20th Century Fox, which appears interested in negotiating a financial settlement.)

    SAG-AFTRA in mid-October issued a new measure to address concerns. The Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline, an online registry for coordinators who can prove they have worked at least 500 days on set, will go online in January 2020. And while it has been lauded as a good first step, some acknowledge it doesn't go nearly far enough. For one, the new measure isn't mandatory, meaning any production, anywhere in the country, can continue to hire anyone it wants without fear of penalty or fine.

    "Everybody and their brother is now saying they're stunt coordinators," says Jane Austin, president of SAG-AFTRA's Los Angeles local, who concedes that the new guidelines are meant to provide producers with a reference point for finding the most qualified candidates, and nothing more. "We're not keeping anyone from working. This is not a qualification in any way."

    Even if it were, experience isn't always a guarantee of safety. Harris' death, for instance, occurred on a set full of experienced stunt coordinators. The director, David Leitch, is a former stuntman himself. "Every one of them on Deadpool 2 was highly qualified," says Pete Antico, a former SAG-AFTRA board member who for years has been critical of the guild's approach to safety. "And you want to know the horror of it? Nobody said no." Longtime stunt coordinator Conrad Palmisano says experience counts but that "the most important thing a stunt coordinator must possess is the ability to say no to a producer."

    The U.K. and Australia maintain strict requirements for stunt workers. British stuntpeople have to obtain skill-specific certifications, and then they have to perform for several years before they can even be considered for coordinating jobs. Even then, there are restrictions. Coordinators in the U.K. must prove they can plan their own stunts before they're allowed to supervise other people. Nothing similar exists in the U.S., where SAG-AFTRA has placed the onus of safety on the producer, who is contractually bound to create a "safe" atmosphere on set.

    "If you have a SAG card, you can work as an actor, a stuntperson or a stunt coordinator," says Andy Armstrong, a British coordinator. "Every other person in L.A. has a SAG card. It's absolutely insane. It's like having a flight attendant and saying she's so nice, she can pilot the next flight." The union provides comprehensive "guidelines" for how stunts should be conducted, but these are little more than nonbinding advisory bulletins. SAG-AFTRA counters that the bulletins are "widely respected" throughout the industry. They include recommendations on everything from how venomous snakes should be handled ("The snake handler should have a snake pinner") to smoke, cars and high falls. "It's complete B.S.," rails Antico. "There are no teeth in it. No fines. No suspension. It's like their sexual harassment guidelines. With no teeth, what good is it?"

    ***

    For years, the stunt community was a small, tight-knit group. Most of them knew one another. The work could be dangerous, but people tended to come up learning from experienced peers. These days, "the person who was a waitress yesterday could tomorrow be in charge of safety with weapons," says Armstrong. "If that's not absurd, nothing is." A Facebook group called the Sarah Jones Safety Verification System, created in the wake of the 2014 death of camera operator Sarah Jones, who was killed on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider, has become a repository of terror-inducing videos showing unsafe practices. One clip shows a cameraman being dragged behind a fast-moving car. (A commenter posted, "This is an example of how not to operate a camera.") Another video shows someone standing in the middle of a road filming two high-speed motorcyclists and ducking out of the riders' way just centimeters away from being hit.
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    Olivia Jackson

    Stunt woman who lost an arm in horrific accident while standing in for Milla Jovovich for Resident Evil motorbike scene sues for £2.2million after her career was destroyed
    Olivia Jackson, 37, was asked to perform a motorbike stunt on set in South Africa
    She smashed into a camera which did not lift fast enough as she sped forward
    Half of Olivia's face was torn off and her left arm had to be amputated
    She is seeking £2.2m in damages after her £220k a year career was taken away
    By JAMIE PYATT FOR MAILONLINE
    PUBLISHED: 04:02 EST, 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 06:09 EST, 12 December 2018

    Stunt woman Olivia Jackson who suffered horrific injuries in a nightmare accident on the set of Resident Evil is suing for over £2.2m after her film career was destroyed.

    Super-fit Olivia, 37, pulled off death defying stunts and starred as a body double for Hollywood's top actresses in films including Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Mad Max.

    In 2015 while she was performing a motorcycle stunt on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in Johannesburg, South Africa, she nearly lost her life in a horror accident.

    Unexpected rain caused a fight scene she was due to appear in to be cancelled and she was instead told to stand in for actress Milla Jovovich in a high speed motorcycle stunt.


    Olivia Jackson, 37, in hospital before her withered left arm was amputated (left) and afterwards (right)


    Olivia (pictured before her accident) is a former professional Thai kick-boxer and continues to live an extremely active lifestyle despite her disability


    Olivia and her British stuntman husband David Grant (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Captain America) are both keen motorcycle riders


    Olivia was standing in for Milla Jovovich (pictured) while filming the latest Resident Evil movie in 2015

    But the action shot went terribly wrong and she was thrown from her bike after a collision with a mechanical mobile film camera.

    Her shocking list of injuries included having half her face torn off and having to have her left arm amputated and suffering serious brain swelling and severing a vital neck artery.


    An X-ray of her body shows the catastrophic extent of her injuries which left the South African woman in a coma for 17 days fighting for her life

    Olivia, married to a top British stunt man David Grant, was also left with a painfully twisted spine, a permanently dislocated shoulder, a severed thumb, punctured lungs and broken ribs.

    The impact of the crash was so forceful that it broke dozens of her bones and was such that her left forearm was never found.

    Three years on from the accident Olivia from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, has launched a legal fight in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, South Africa, for compensation for her injuries.

    The stuntwoman had been tasked to ride a motorbike at high speed at a camera mounted on a mechanical arm on a Mercedes SUV which would be driving straight towards her.

    The camera was to begin filming at ground level and then raise up and over Olivia's head as she drove the motorbike towards it for an action shot but it didn't raise up quickly enough.

    Olivia, who was wearing a vest top, torn jacket and khaki jeans, was not required to wear a helmet for the stunt and the heavy camera slammed into her upper body and her face.


    Three years on from the accident Olivia who lives in Amersham, Bucks, has launched a legal fight in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for compensation

    The terribly injured former professional Thai kick boxer spent 17 days in a coma and doctors feared the worst but said her strength and fitness eventually helped save her life.

    When she began to recover she received flowers and support whilst in intensive care from actress Milla Jovovich who she was doubling the stunts for on the Resident Evil film set.

    Actresses Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley and Karen Gillan who Olivia has also body doubled for in stunts sent huge bouquets of flowers and personal messages to her.


    Olivia suffered a painfully twisted spine, a permanently dislocated shoulder, a severed thumb, punctured lungs and broken ribs, and her left arm could not be recovered (pictured after surgery)

    Brave Olivia has catalogued her slow road to recovery on her own Instagram page but has had to come to terms with the fact that she will never work in the movie industry again.

    Papers lodged at the Gauteng High Court show she is seeking more than R40million (£2.2m) in damages following the accident on a section of road near a dam at Pelindaba, Pretoria.

    They show Olivia is suing the Road Accident Fund, the production and stunt company involved as well as the camera crane operator, the driver of the vehicle and the film director.

    The paperwork states that when she was previously working in the UK she earned £20,000 a month and whilst working on the set of Resident Evil in South Africa was on £12,500 a month.

    Cape Town born UK resident Olivia states that she has been rendered unemployable. The court case was adjourned and will be listed for a full hearing to take place next year.

    Brave Olivia has catalogued her recovery from near death in moving Instagram posts on her personal account to fans.
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    In one caption beside a photograph she posted of her twisted back on her public Instagram account Olivia wrote: 'This is the twisted upper body I'm left with from my accident.


    The stunning stunt woman is married to British stunt man David Grant and they live in Amersham, Bucks, together


    Before her accident she earned £20,000 a month while living in Amersham and whilst working on the set of Resident Evil in South Africa was on £12,500 a month

    'Scew spine, off centred neck (the most painful part), twisted shoulder blade, permanently dislocated shoulder, 1 arm, muscle atrophy on the left hand side of my core and plenty more other treats.

    'I don't mean to moan but sometimes I must want to crawl out of my own skin & all the pains in it'.

    Another emotional photograph Olivia shared is a 'before' photo of her left hand appearing enormously swollen with a withered left arm and 'after' shot which showed the arm amputation.

    She wrote to her Instagram fans: 'Goodbye to my withered arm, hello my stump. Not how I planned my life to go but just go to embrace what I have & move onwards and upwards.

    'Luckily I have an awesome supportive team behind me' she said.

    Husband David from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who has done stunts in dozens of Hollywood blockbusters met Olivia on a set and kept a bedside vigil with her while she was in a coma.

    In an interview back at their home in Amersham, Bucks, Olivia told the Sunday Mirror: 'Sometimes when I catch a sight of my stump in the mirror I feel a wave of sadness.

    'There's no point in feeling down about life – it won't make my arm grow back. I used to miss my old face but now I style my hair to fall forwards to hide the big scar'.

    In a You Tube film interview with Neale James she described what she remembered of the life changing accident.

    Olivia said: 'I was doubling for an actress who was a zombie killer who saves the world. We were shooting motorcycle stuff and I had to ride towards a vehicle coming towards me.

    'There was a Mercedes SUV with a crane on the side of it and a camera at the end of the crane which moves around and I was supposed to drive towards the camera vehicle.

    'It was coming in the opposite direction with the camera starting on the floor and it was supposed to lift up and go over me but they just didn't lift the camera up in time.


    In one of her Instagram posts after the accident, Olivia wrote: 'I don't mean to moan but sometimes I must want to crawl out of my own skin & all the pains in it'

    'I went straight into it and it hit me on my face and shoulder. I remember the day up until a few seconds before it happened but luckily your brain switches it off for you' she said.

    In another interview she revealed she is in constant pain three years on from the accident.

    Olivia, who was newlywed when injured, said: 'It is so tempting to hate the people that did this to me but I try to rather use that energy to focus on getting better and staying positive'.

    And in an Instagram pic on husband David's site Olivia wrote: 'We have built an amazing home together with two fluffy kids and he loves me even though I am a one armed bandit!'

    The court case for compensation will be heard in early 2019 and stunt woman Olivia is expected to be present.

    She is suing Canada based independent film production company Davis/Impact Films, Cape Town based Pyranha Stunts, stunt co-ordinator Grant Hully and the camera tracking company Bickers Action SA.
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    Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier

    The showrunners, not stunt people.

    Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Accident
    by David Robb
    February 22, 2019 1:58pm


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    Cal/OSHA has opened an investigation into Thursday’s accident on the set of LA’s Finest that injured the Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV series’ co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier.

    “Cal/OSHA was notified by Mesquite Productions and LA Port Police on Thursday of a workplace accident that occurred on set during the filing of LA’s Finest in San Pedro. Today Cal/OSHA opened an inspection of Mesquite Productions,” agency spokesman Luke Brown told Deadline.

    Mesquite Productions is a company controlled by Sony Pictures TV.

    Margolis and Sonnier were injured when, at 1:35 PM PT Thursday near Warehouse One at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, a stunt car crashed into the video village where the pair were watching the scene on monitors. Both were transported to local hospitals — San Pedro Peninsula and Harbor UCLA — with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Margolis has since been released; Sonnier has been transferred to another facility.

    “We had two injuries, one being worse than the other,” Lt. Philip Heem, of the Los Angeles Port Police, told Deadline on Thursday night.

    Production on the series was halted in the wake of the crash and the set was dark again today, with no decision yet when shooting will resume. The series, a Bad Boys offshoot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, was in the last couple of days of shooting its first season, which is slated to premiere May 13 on Spectrum as its first original series.

    Margolis and Sonnier wrote and executive produced the pilot episode in addition to serving as co-showrunners on the series alongside Pam Veasey.
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    Brandon Sonnier

    So terrible but at least he survived.


    ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Co-Showrunner Has Leg Partially Amputated As Questions Mount About Horrific On-Set Accident

    by Nellie Andreeva • tip
    February 27, 2019 5:12pm


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    Brandon Sonnier’s life was forever changed last Thursday when the L.A.’s Finest executive producer/co-showrunner, along with fellow EP/co-showrunner Brandon Margolis, were injured on the set of the upcoming Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV series. Both were rushed to the hospital, but while Margolis was quickly released, Sonnier’s injury was so severe he had to have one of his legs amputated just below the knee, I have learned. He remains hospitalized, surrounded by family.

    According to sources, Sonnier, Margolis and other producers were in the video village area on the San Pedro set, where they were watching a car stunt scene on monitors. A stunt car reportedly crashed into a cargo crate, with the container and/or the car smashing into the video village, which had been set up behind the crate. There was immediate fear for Sonnier’s leg as sources on the set indicated it may have been pinned.

    As doctors were fighting to save Sonnier’s leg, questions began to mount about the accident. The biggest is why the video village was set up in such close proximity to the stunt scene, which was filmed on location near Warehouse One at the Port of Los Angeles. Cal/OSHA was notified and immediately opened an investigation into the incident; its findings will likely provide insight into what went wrong.

    It may have been a freak accident, but if additional safeguards need to be placed on film and TV sets so it never happens again, that should be done. No writer, cast, or crew member should be going to work fearing for their safety.

    L.A.’s Finest, an offshoot from the Bad Boys movies and starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, marked Sonnier’s big TV break. It is his and Margolis’ first series as creators after the two worked as writer-producers on NBC’s The Blacklist. They are also under an overall deal at Sony TV, which produces both L.A.’s Finest and The Blacklist.
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    F&f9

    Always sorry to hear this. And I thought F&F9 was mostly CGI. I suppose there's danger in any stunt.

    GLOBAL JULY 22, 2019 9:51AM PT
    ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Production Halted After Stuntman Injured in Fall on Set
    By STEWART CLARKE
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    CREDIT: MOVIESTORE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

    An accident on the set of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in the United Kingdom has left a stuntman in the hospital with a serious head injury. Production on the movie has halted at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London.

    “We had an injury on the set of ‘FAST 9’ today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” a Universal spokesperson confirmed to Variety on Monday. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”

    Police said they were called to an incident shortly before noon U.K. time and an air ambulance was duly called out.

    “An ambulance, three ambulance officer vehicles and Essex and Herts [Hertfordshire] Air Ambulance were called to Leavesden Studios shortly before midday today (July 22), following reports of a man injured in a fall. One patient with a serious head injury was transported to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance,” authorities said in a statement.

    “Fast & Furious 9” is scheduled to open in May 2020. It will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. Whether any of the stars were on set when the accident took place is not yet known.

    The accident is the latest in a series of recent incidents at the studio. In June a man sustained a neck injury and was hospitalized after an altercation with another crew member on the set of Anne Hathaway’s “The Witches.” A huge fire damaged one of the sets of HBO series “Avenue 5” earlier this month. Since then, unspecified “foreign bodies” have been discovered in food at a restaurant at the studio and police are investigating.

    Leavesden was the base for the Harry Potter movies. It is now home to the popular Harry Potter studio tour. With studio space in demand in the U.K., an expansion program is underway.
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    Orange Is the New Black Star Ruby Rose in a Wheelchair After Undergoing Back Surgery

    Ruby Rose has revealed she will be confirmed to a wheelchair as she recovers from back surgery – but she wants to let her fans know she'll "be fine"

    By Alexia Fernandez January 18, 2018 09:11 PM

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    Ruby Rose has revealed she will be confirmed to a wheelchair as she recovers from back surgery – but she wants to let her fans know she’ll “be fine.”

    The actress and model, 31, shared a photo on Twitter Thursday of herself sitting in the wheelchair wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Strong Female Lead” and red plaid pants.

    Rose said she went under the knife to try to address a long-standing health issue.

    “So..For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue,” she wrote. “I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheel chair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine.”

    So..For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue. I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheel chair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine. pic.twitter.com/7nVw5fIk3k

    — Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 18, 2018

    What I need to know now is when I’m not wheeling around LA like a 102 year old, what movies, shows, books and video games do you suggest… I’m buying a switch.. I’m looking at you @chrissyteigen what games should I get?

    — Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 18, 2018

    Not one to rest on her laurels, the Orange Is the New Black star asked fans and friend Chrissy Teigen for good recommendations on TV shows, books and games that could keep her entertained while she was recovering.

    “What I need to know now is when I’m not wheeling around LA like a 102 year old, what movies, shows, books and video games do you suggest… I’m buying a switch.. I’m looking at you @chrissyteigen what games should I get?”


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    Rose also shared that she was “blinging” her cane and walker as it was “the tan and nude colors” – and that bothers her.

    Well, I’m currently blinging my cane and walker up.. so they can be more snazzy. It’s not the Cane and my A frame that’s the problem, it’s the tan and nude colors.. all I need is a boombox and streamers and I’m good.

    — Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 18, 2018

    “Well, I’m currently blinging my cane and walker up.. so they can be more snazzy. It’s not the Cane and my A frame that’s the problem, it’s the tan and nude colors.. all I need is a boombox and streamers and I’m good,” she wrote to a Twitter user who questioned why she felt 102-years-old.

    Rose takes pride in her body and slammed body shamers in October after her Instagram followers said she looked “anorexic” at the CFDA/Vogue Fund Fashion Show.

    “Body shaming S— ME. It’s so frustrating,” Rose wrote in a note posted to her Instagram story. “Not because I care what someone thinks of my body. I love my body when I don’t work out and I am soft and I love it when I train hard and feel strong.”

    “I hate it because it worries fans or shames them. I hate it because it uses no logic and basically is just someone projecting their experience and expectations on others.”

    Rose said she takes time and energy to take care of her body by leading a vegan and alcohol-free diet.

    “I am plant based and stupidly healthy,” she said. “… So please take care of your body and your mind and your soul and stop judging others.”
    Ruby Rose undergoes emergency surgery after stunt injury almost leaves her paralyzed
    By Alaa Elassar, CNN
    Updated 8:16 PM ET, Sun September 29, 2019
    Ruby Rose as Kate Kane -- Photo: Elizabeth Morris/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    (CNN)Ruby Rose has undergone emergency surgery after a serious injury left her at risk of being paralyzed, the actress and model said on Instagram.
    The "Orange is the New Black" star documented the experience and, to some viewers' horror, it includes graphic video of her surgery.
    "To anyone asking why I let them video it..Did you not watch that Greys anatomy episode where they left a towel in a patient??" Rose joked in the video caption. "Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under."
    Rose said she herniated two discs while performing stunts a couple months ago. The injury came close to severing her spinal cord, leaving her in "chronic pain" and unable to feel her arms.
    This is not the first time Rose has undergone serious surgery. Last January, Rose revealed she was wheelchair-bound after going through a back procedure for her spinal issues, according to People.
    Rose is set to debut as "Batwoman" in The CW series which premieres on October 6.
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    Milla Jovovich's 'Resident Evil' Stunt Double Speaks Out on Crash That Left Her Partially Paralyzed
    8:45 AM PDT 9/18/2019 by Scott Johnson


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    Milla Jovovich in 2016's 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' (inset: Olivia Jackson)

    "Numerous things were changed at the last minute that I wasn’t aware of," says Olivia Jackson of the September 2015 on-set motorcycle accident.

    For 17 days after a horrific incident left her severely injured and partially paralyzed, stunt performer Olivia Jackson suffered from nightmares and hallucinations while in a medically induced coma.

    In one of these visions, Jackson was being jerked around a bridge at lightning speed while tethered by rope to a motorcycle.

    Of all the dreams she had, that one bore a passing resemblance to the real-life event that landed the former model and Cape Town native in the hospital after the first day of shooting began on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in her home country in September 2015.

    “You just have the deepest, the darkest, the heaviest hallucinations and nightmares, one after the other,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter during an interview. “They’re so vivid, so real, you think that’s reality.”

    Last week Jackson filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court against the film’s director, Paul Anderson, producer Jeremy Bolt and production companies Tannhauser Gate Inc, Impact Pictures and Bolt Pictures behind the blockbuster franchise, which has brought in upward of a billion dollars at the box office. The suit is seeking unspecified damages. None of the companies responded to a request for comment.

    "Olivia has confronted her devastating injuries with relentless courage, but she continues to face immense physical and emotional challenges," states Jackson's attorney, Gabe Barenfeld. "Olivia deserves full financial support to aid her in this ongoing battle."

    Speaking from her home in the U.K., where she lives with her husband Dave Grant, also a stunt performer, Jackson says she only took the job as Milla Jovovich’s stunt double at the last minute, after another stunt performer got injured.

    A former Muay Thai fighter who had a special expertise with motorbiking, Jackson was a good fit for the movie. She had plenty of experience on blockbuster action movies, doubling for actress Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Mad Max: Fury Road and performing stunts in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. I.

    She says she took the Resident Evil job while waiting for production to begin on another movie she had signed up for, the then-upcoming Wonder Woman, which would be filming back home in the U.K.

    The crew had been rehearsing a fight scene for weeks when, on the day shooting was to begin, Jackson learned that the fight scene they’d been rehearsing was to be replaced with another, unrelated sequence.

    This one involved riding a motorcycle at full speed toward an action van mounted with a crane-mounted camera that would itself be traveling full speed in her direction. After a couple of takes that went well, Jackson started the third, live run.

    Only this time, unbeknownst to her, some key elements of the stunt had been changed, according to the lawsuit.

    “Numerous things were changed at the last minute that I wasn’t aware of,” she says, “Which resulted in the crane operator not lifting the crane in time and basically driving it straight into my left arm and left shoulder.”

    She was rushed to the hospital where staff induced a coma. Jackson survived, but was left with monumental physical and emotional scars. The camera had ripped a portion of her jaw off, leaving her teeth exposed. She suffered nerve damage to her spine and her left arm was amputated above her elbow.

    “It’s had such a huge impact on every single part of my life, my body is so physically damaged and a lot of it beyond repair,” she says, “Every single moment of my time I’ve got nerve pain.”

    The upper-right quadrant of her body remains paralyzed, along with a portion of her face, and she says she has a "droopy eye" with a pupil that refuses to dilate.

    Jackson says she’s doing her best to recover, and has started to resume a physical regimen that includes kickboxing. She also volunteers at an equestrian center that helps elderly people with dementia. And she meditates, which she says helps with the pain.

    “One of the hardest things is I lost the life I loved,” she says, “I knew that I would never work again. I loved my job with all my heart.”


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    Fox errors with Joi Harris

    I copied some posts from the Deadpool 2 thread about Joi over to the Stunts - injuries & deaths, so you'll find that info on both threads now.

    OCTOBER 2, 2019 3:45PM PT
    Fox Safety Errors Contributed to Fatal ‘Deadpool’ Crash, Report Finds
    By GENE MADDAUS
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    CREDIT: COURTESY OF PORSCHE TAYLOR

    Twentieth Century Fox committed several safety errors that contributed to the fatal motorcycle crash on the set of “Deadpool 2,” according to a British Columbia workplace safety investigation.

    Joi Harris, a stunt rider, was killed on Aug. 14, 2017, when she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into the side of a building in downtown Vancouver.

    Investigators from WorkSafe B.C. allege that the studio made a long list of errors, including failing to assess the risks of the stunt, failing to allow her to wear a helmet, and failing to set up barriers that would have kept her motorcycle inside the film set.

    The agency said it is now considering what penalty should be assessed.

    In a statement, a Fox spokesperson took issue with the report, and said that the studio had stepped up its safety measures in the wake of Harris’ death.

    “Safety is our top priority, and while we respectfully disagree with some of the report’s findings, Fox thoroughly reviewed its stunt safety protocols immediately following the tragic accident and has revised and implemented enhanced safety procedures and enforcement,” the spokesperson said.

    Michael Buckley, an attorney representing Harris’ family, confirmed in April that the family had settled all claims against the studio. “The folks at 21st Century Fox were very professional and responsible in the manner in which they addressed our client’s claim,” Buckley said at the time.

    Harris had experience as a motorcycle track racer, but had not done film stunts before. The accident report alleges that Fox failed to give her a new worker orientation, which would have covered safety measures such as wearing a helmet.

    According to the report, several other stunt performers saw Harris’ “stabbing” or “grabbing” at the motorcycles brakes during rehearsals, causing the bike to skid unsafely. An additional ramp was added to give her more room to brake safely, before the fatal stunt occurred.

    The report cites a regulation that mandated that riders wear helmets. Following the crash, all stunt performers wore helmets during motorcycle shots.
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