Many of the movies and television shows being produced today contain stunts that are sometimes performed by the actors themselves, but the more dangerous stunts are often performed by professional stunt people and coordinated by stunt coordinators. Despite all safety precautions, accidents do happen. Last year in Georgia, a stuntman on the set of the Walking Dead was killed when he fell from a balcony onto concrete. Another stunt woman was killed while filming a motorcycle stunt on the set of a Marvel film. Most recently, Deadline.com reports on a stuntman on the Georgia set of MacGyver being injured.
Stuntman Justin Sundquist suffered from a head injury on the set of Hawaii Five-O and sued CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios last year. Now he’s sustained another serious head injury on the set of MacGyver, which is shooting in Atlanta.
The injury occurred late Monday morning on the set of the television show, which is a remake of the popular show that ran in the 1980s.
The production team reported that Sundquist sustained the injury during a stunt that involved transferring from one vehicle to another. Sundquist was conscious following the injury, but the severity of the head injury necessitated Sundquist being placed in a medically induced coma.
Production on the television show has not been interrupted.
In the lawsuit that Sundquist filed last year, he blamed the injury on a hectic set that was “rushed.” He also claimed that there was a “lack of safety meetings” and studio executives and producers “turned a blind eye” to substance abuse occurring on set.
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