2/25/2014

Production Crew Safety Comes First!

The first question that comes to mind in relation to the tragic death of Sarah Jones, an Atlanta based second assistant camera operator, who was killed while on the set of 'Midnight Rider' is why. Why was she there? As a producer of several projects that had the potential for injury, one of my main concerns is always the safety of the folks I have working. This has to be paramount for any production.

If you don't know the back story about Sarah Jones' death. She was struck by a train while filming on a train trestle over the Altamaha River near Savannah, Georgia. Several other people were seriously injured in the accident, as well.

Not to be flippant or harsh, but why would any producer put a crew on an active train trestle??? This is insane! Since I was a small child, I knew that you never even attempt to cross a bridge that trains are active on. You may not have time to get off the bridge in the likelihood that a train comes. So, the idea of putting a production set together on a train trestle is beyond reckless. With the news that CSX had denied permission for the crew to be on the tracks, which is obvious from a safety perspective, the decision to put the crew in harms way is even more derelict. Such a senseless loss.

Think people! Think before you make decisions that effect the people you work with.

Read more about the story here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/midnight-rider-was-denied-permission-682670

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