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On-set death prompts OSHA cites against film company

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OSHA has cited a Pasadena film production company for one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to hazards that killed a camera assistant.

The charges against Film Allman LLC arose from a February 2014 incident in which a film crew climbed onto a railroad trestle near Savannah, Ga. A CSX train unexpectedly bore down on the crew and they were unable to outrun it. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and eight crew members were injured when the train hit a set that had been placed on the train tracks.

Film Allman had permission to film on an adjoining property, but never contacted the railroad.

OSHA issued the willful violation citation for failing to protect employees from moving trains. The serious violation was issued for the failure to provide fall protection while working on the bridge. The penalties total $74,900.

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AVACM November 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Film Allman LLC, owned by Randall Miller and Jody Savin, did contact CSX, the railroad owner, and twice were denied permission to use RR property. They then deceived their crew into thinking it was legal and safe and led them onto a dangerous location. The crew was then at risk for falls as well as being hit by a train.

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