Potter Film Production to Step Up Film Safety Measures
May 06, 2009, 11:05 AM
In the wake of a tragic accident that took part in pre-production for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Potter film producers will be improving on their safety standards. The Telegraph reminds us that David Holmes, stunt double for actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry), was seriously injured while rehearsing an aerial sequence, and subsequently a formal investigation into the accident has been ongoing. The paper reports that the Health and Safety Executive in the UK has "issued an interim improvement notice. It means that DDD Co Ltd, set up for the production of the film for which Mr
Holmes was practicing stunts, has until the end of June to make improvements.A spokesman said: "The investigation is still ongoing. As a remedial act
we have issued an improvement notice to the company asking them to improve
the way they do stunt rehearsals using wires."They have got two months to look at that."
Its all to easy for big productions to get a little complacent so its a good thing to have these investigations to keep them in check. There have actually been a number of “minor” accidents that involved even main stars. Daniel Craig got injured on set for instance. But they get brushed off of course. But there was always a cause for concern. So its good this ultimatum warning has been issued and hopefully all studios will tighten up.
It is right that they get a reminder to make sure that stunts are organised with care to minimise the possibility of accidents. I think ther will probably always be some accidents, the nature of the work is inherently dangerous, so no one must be taking anything for granted.
It is certainly good that WB are being made to make improvements. I know that accidents will always happen and when a person takes a job as a stunt double they know the risks which they are taking however it is always good to see that companies are being made to keep themselves in check and keep the best interests of their employees as a first priority.