Earlier today a 35-year old stuntman was airlifted from the Oxfordshire set of Brad Pitt’s latest film, ‘Fury’. It is unknown whether or not the stunt actor was standing in for Pitt or not, but the stuntman was filming a one on one fight scene when he was stabbed with a nine-inch bayonet.
Brad Pitt, along with co-star Shia LaBeof, were on set when the accident happened but did not witness the stabbing.
Although reports from the film set have said the stuntman’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening, he did have to be air lifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital by an Oxfordshire Air Ambulance crew.
Watlington countryside has been transformed into an epic World War II scene which includes battle tanks, tents and military weapons.
A spokesman from Sony Pictures, the films production company, said: “The incident involved two professional stuntmen filming a rehearsed action sequence. Unfortunately there was an accident.
“The man was injured but left the set laughing and talking”
Thames Valley Police attended the set, following the stabbing but confirmed they are not treating the incident as a crime. Police did however confirm that they had notified the Health and Safety Executive about the incident.
A feature length war film starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, leading a Sherman tank crew on a dangerous mission against Nazi opposition sounds very exciting but let’s not forget that real people are working with what are supposed to be props.
A stuntman, or stunt actor, is obviously an occupation that comes with inherent risks. The line of work often requires you to put yourself in situations that pose a threat to your safety.
Despite the dangerous nature of being a stuntman, should a film production company ensure that they are doing as much as possible to ensure the safety of actors and stunt actors alike?
I’m no film expert but surely using imitation bayonets or providing the stunt actors with body armour under their costumes would be one way to prevent an incident such as this occurring.
I wonder if the wounded stunt actor will be making an accident at work claim against Sony Pictures for the injuries he has suffered. I doubt any claims made would skim too much off the profits of a Brad Pitt feature film.
No matter what your line of work, no matter how dangerous, your employer has a duty to adhere to the health and safety regulations all businesses are regulated by.
If you have been injured at work and feel that your employers have breached health and safety regulations then you could be entitled to claim compensation.