A judge has upheld an OSHA fine against a film company in connection with the death of a camera assistant during a location shoot for the film Midnight Rider in 2014. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission judge refused Film Allman LLC’s request to throw out two violations, one willful and one serious, which totaled $74,900 in fines. Sarah Jones, 27, was killed while trying to escape from an oncoming freight train on February 20th, 2014, in Georgia. Eight other film crew members were also injured. The accident stemmed from management’s failure to secure railroad operator CSX’s permission to film on the track. CSX refused the request several times but Film Allman worked there anyway. Aside from OSHA fines, the director, supervising crew unit production manager, and first assistant director pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in the death.
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