Most of us love to watch movies. In fact, one of the most traditional dates is dinner and a movie. We watch as the hero saves the victim in a dangerous situation, but few of us think about what went into the filming of the movie. Stunt men and women go to work each day and assume a certain amount of risk by definition of their job, which is why it is so important that employers keep the workplace safe for these men and women.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the set of a movie being filmed in the city after an explosion left a stunt man with serious burn injuries suffered in the event.
The workplace accident occurred on Friday, Feb. 17. The filming was being done on a set that was located in the Elysian Park area on West Academy Road. The explosion occurred at approximately 2:40 in the afternoon. When firefighters responded to the report of the explosion, they found the injured stunt man lying on the ground. Emergency paramedics were also called to the scene to treat the man’s injuries. After stabilizing the injured stunt man, they transported him to a hospital in the area. Doctors reported shortly after the accident that the man was in critical condition.
The circumstances surrounding the explosion are under investigation as officials attempt to determine what caused the explosion. A spokesman for the fire department said that the man may have been using black powder at his job when the accident occurred.
No matter what kind of accident occurs, those who suffer burns at the hands of a negligent party have the right to seek compensation for their injuries.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Stunt man burned in explosion in LA,” Feb. 17, 2012