The set of a television show or a movie presents a uniquely dangerous environment where anything can happen. Feet slip off of ladders. Fingers or hands get caught in blades while cutting woods. Stunts go awry. Unlike other industries, where accident statistics are regularly calculated and categorized, accidents on film sets aren’t exactly reported as such.
The Associated Press did manage to organize a list of figures. Between 1990 and 2014, there were at least 194 serious film and television accidents and at least 43 fatalities during this time. There were also at least 37 international fatalities of which 30 accidents were investigated by OSHA.
Vulture reports that a production assistant on the set of Batwoman was paralyzed in an on-set accident.
CW’s hit show Batwoman, which is set in the Arrowverse, has been no stranger to on-set accidents. Last September, the show’s leading star, Ruby Rose, required emergency surgery after an accident while performing a stunt that injured her spinal cord.
In a more recent accident, production assistant Amanda Smith suffered serious injuries. The accident occurred on the show’s Vancouver set on March 11th.
According to friend and colleague Tim Mazzucco, Smith was struck in the head by a boom bucket that was being lowered. She could not hear the sound of the bucket that was being lowered over the sounds of traffic passing as she sat on the Georgia Viaduct.
Smith has sustained burst vertebrae and was rushed to Vancouver General Hospital for emergency surgery. She is currently paralyzed from the waist down. The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia is investigating the incident.
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