OSHA Fines MacGyver Producers After Stunt Accident
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a fine for the producers of US drama MacGyver after a stunt performer suffered serious injuries on set.
Stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist was injured when he fell off the back of a moving vehicle while performing a stunt for the television programme, sustaining a head injury that required a part of his skull to be removed to relieve the pressure on his brain. After several weeks of hospitalisation, including several days in a coma, Sundquist is still going through rehabilitation for his injuries.
As a result of the accident, OSHA has fined the MacGyver producers, network CBS's Eye Productions, $9,472, citing that the production failed "to protect employees from hazards while filming a television show".
In a statement released by OSHA, the government agency stated, "OSHA investigated the incident after a stuntman was injured while performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling approximately 18 mph. OSHA issued a serious citation for failing to provide adequate head protection during stunts."
Sundquist secured the job on MacGyver as part of a settlement after his lawsuit against CBS after being injured in 2016 on the set of the network's Hawaii Five-O.