Photo: Will Smith seen filming “Bad Boys For Life” in Atlanta 2019 Cox Media Group.
Photo: Will Smith seen filming “Bad Boys For Life” in Atlanta 2019 Cox Media Group.

OSHA fines ‘Bad Boys for Life’ production company following two on-set injuries in Norcross

Originally posted Monday, August 12, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined the production company that shot “Big Boys for Life” in Atlanta for causing two injuries during a motorcycle stunt. 

The citation against Garden Films Productions was filed August 6 and first reported by workerscompensation.com.

“People on this worksite suffered injuries because the employer failed to implement proper safety practices,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher in a press release

The proposed penalties total $9,472 and the company has 15 days to pay up or contest it. 

On February 5, 2019, two people were injured at OFS in Norcross, a 160-acre film and TV studio campus off I-85 and Jimmy Carter Blvd. The press release said: “One employee suffered injuries that required hospitalization and another suffered minor injuries during filming of a simulated motorcycle explosion.”

According to the citation, “an employee was exposed to foot injury while performing an endo (stopping to motorcycle on front wheels) and simulating motorcycle explosion stunt without wearing boots or other protective gear.” 

This film is the second sequel to the 1995 hit film “Bad Boys” and again stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Though it’s based in Miami, Georgia’s generous tax credits meant most of the film was shot in metro Atlanta and just a week in Miami earlier this year. Locally, it shot in neighborhoods such as Buckhead and Kirkwood as well as a big explosion scene off 17th Street Bridge near Atlantic Station

Last year, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was hit with the maximum fine of a single citation ($12,675) after the death of a stunt man. 

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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