Movie Accident at Amazon MGM Studios: OSHA Investigation Launched

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the accident on the set of the Amazon MGM Studios film The pickup.

This was said by a spokesperson for the US Department of Labor The Hollywood Reporter early Wednesday it was reported that an investigation had been launched into the incident. “As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot provide preliminary or interim information at this time,” the spokesperson added.

The accident in question occurred Saturday on a second set of the Atlanta film and injured several crew members, an Amazon MGM Studios spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Crew members filmed an action scene that had been previously rehearsed and “did not go as planned,” the spokesperson said. “We are still gathering facts about what happened and why, but first and foremost our thoughts are with those who are recovering.”

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the injuries occurred after a truck used in the sequence “locked up” and hit another car. “It was a completely freak accident,” an anonymous source told the AP. Two crew members were reportedly hospitalized as a result of their injuries, which “ranged from bumps and bruises to broken bones.”

In a statement Tuesday, the Hollywood crew union IATSE said it was aware of the accident and had begun an “investigation” into what happened.

The pickup, which has been described as a heist comedy, starring Eddie Murphy, Keke Palmer, Pete Davidson, Eva Longoria, Andrew Dice Clay and Marshawn Lynch. Tim story (The blackening, Tom & Jerry) directs, while John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment and Charisse Hewitt-Webster of Eddie Murphy Productions produce. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has previously reported that the film would be produced primarily at Shadowbox Studios.

The debate over the safety of crew members on Hollywood sets has reignited since the tragic 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. After Hutchins’ death, crew members urged their union, IATSE, to advocate for further safety measures during negotiations, and the California Legislature passed a bill that will initiate a permanent safety pilot program in 2025, for which a “safety advisor” on applicable sets is needed. IATSE is currently engaged in negotiations with top Hollywood studios and streamers over deals for 13 West Coast Locals, where standing safety issues are once again a priority.

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