Federal authorities have fined a production company after a stunt coordinator was seriously injured in August 2018 on set in south Fulton County.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the $9,472 fine on Tuesday for the incident that happening while filming the CBS show “MacGyver.”
The agency said in a news release that Eye Productions Inc. “exposed an employee to head injuries from falls” without proper head protection during a stunt with moving vehicles at speeds of about 18 mph in Chattahoochee Hills.
Soon after Justin Sundquist was injured Aug. 20, CBS Studios provided a statement saying that “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.”
Sundquist was conscious after the accident that occurred while transferring from one vehicle to another, but he was put in a medically-induced coma at a local hospital. His current status wasn’t immediately known.
“This incident underscores the requirement for employers in the entertainment industry to implement better safety practices to protect actors and stunt persons from serious injuries,” said local OSHA director Keith Hass.
“MacGyver” is a reboot of the 1980s action program of the same name. The new version stars Marietta actor Lucas Till.
As reported by Deadline, Sundquist previously sued CBS a for an incident on the set of “Hawaii Five-O” in which he was seriously injured in another vehicle incident.
When stuntman John Bernecker died in 2017 on the set of “The Walking Dead,” the show as hit with a maximum fine by OSHA of $12,675, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
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