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OSHA proposes fines against Film Allman after train death

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is holding Film Allman LLC, a production company, responsible for the death of a camera assistant and the injury of six other film workers in a Georgia train accident. The agency has proposed nearly $75,000 in fines against the company.

The fatality and injuries occurred on Feb. 20 as the film crew was filming 'Midnight Rider" on a train trestle over the Altamaha River. They tried to escape from a freight train approaching them, but a 27-year-old woman died in the incident. Flying debris from a movie prop on the tracks and the train itself caused injuries to six others.

Following an investigation, OSHA cited Film Allman for two safety violations on Aug. 14. It accuses the production company of willfully putting its staff in danger of being hit by a train and risking its staff falling from the train trestle. The company did not develop a safety plan and did not acquire permission to be on the tracks. An OSHA official says that the company knowingly exposing its crew to trains during filming is unacceptable.

Film Allman was given 15 days to oppose the findings and proposed fines. Meanwhile, the director of the film, his wife and the executive producer were indicted on July 3 for criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the incident.

When workers are injured on the job in Georgia, they could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which should cover doctor and hospital bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation costs, travel expenses and prescription orders. It could also include weekly income benefits if employees miss more than seven days of work because of their injuries. If a worker's benefits claim is denied, it may be beneficial for the worker to find legal assistance.

Source: ABC News, 'Correction: Film Crew-Train Crash Story," Russ Bynum, Aug. 15, 2014

Source: Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, 'Employee Handbook"

Source: WSB, "Movie production company sued after worker killed by train", August 14, 2014

Source: WSB, "Movie production company sued after worker killed by train", August 14, 2014

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