It seems there have been a rash of injuries at Leavesden studios over the last few years. I don’t believe in curses but I do believe in carelessness. Stunt people are aware of the danger in their job but even they can’t anticipate cables breaking during the shoot. The studio should have had better safety equipment for their stunt people, cables don’t break unless someone was careless about maintenance on the harnesses. I write about this because I watch the movies that come out of this studio and I would hate to boycott them, but they need to do something to insure the safety of their employees. All movie studios in fact should take this more seriously and see to the safety of employees instead of worrying about how much it will cost them. A young man is paralyzed because a “safety” harness failed, well I think Leavesden failed. The studios should have learned their lesson when actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed by a helicopter while doing a stunt on the set of Twilight Zone the Movie in 1982.
excerpt from The Telegraph dated 01/31/09
The back injury sustained by David Holmes, the double for Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter, is the latest in a string of accidents to befall stuntmen on film sets.
– Conway Wickliffe, 41, a special effects technician, died on the set of on the Batman film The Dark Knight in 2007. He was in a 4×4 camera vehicle that crashed into a tree while travelling beside the Batmobile. The father-of-two, who was originally from New Zealand, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene in Longcross near Chertsey, Surrey. His death was ruled an accident.
– Tony Angelotti, 40, Johnny Depp’s stunt double in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest almost had his pelvis torn apart “like a wishbone” in 2005 while rehearsing a “human yo-yo stunt” for the film. The cable to which he was harnessed on one side came to a sharp stop instead of unravelling while he was dropping to the ground. Angelotti was sent to intensive care and suffered internal bleeding. He is suing the makers of the film.
– Two workers were injured during filming of the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Aris Comninos, a stunt driver, was left in a coma after the Alfa Romeo he was driving crashed near Lake Garda in northern Italy. A week earlier Fraser Dunn, 29, crashed a £134,000 Aston Martin DBS into the water at Lake Garda, but escaped without major injury.
– Steven Wheatley, a stuntman, suffered 60 per cent burns when he was engulfed in a fireball while working on Mission: Impossible 3. He was last reported to be suing Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise’s production company for damages
– Mark Joseph Connolly, a stuntman, died of an unrelated cancer in 2007 days after discovering he had won $1million in damages for injuries suffered during the making of Mission Impossible: II. He sustained a broken collarbone and permanent pain and restriction in his right arm after being knocked over by an airborne motorcycle while filming.
– Larry Rippenkroeger, a stuntman, suffered broken bones in his face and fractures in both wrists when he fell 25 feet to a pavement while filming Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis in 2006.
– Christopher Sayour, a veteran stuntman, was left in a serious condition in hospital after falling from a tower during the filming of the television series Smallville in 2005.
– Brandon Lee, the actor and son of Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 on the set of The Crow when an attempt by the crew to make dummy gun cartridges out of real cartridges went wrong and he was fatally wounded with a bullet. It was suggested the set of the gothic film was “cursed” – as well as Lee’s death, a carpenter was burned after his crane struck high-power lines; another crew member slipped and drove a screwdriver through his hand and a lorry full of equipment mysteriously caught fire.
– Jackie Chan has sustained so many injuries by doing his own stunts that a Jackie Chan Injury Map website has been set up to track them. His ailments have included a broken angle, sustained on Rumble in the Bronx, a fractured skull sustained in Armour of God and a dislocated sternum in Armour of God II. He has broken most of his fingers.
For the full article follow this link : Harry Potter stuntman: David Holmes injury latest in film set accidents – Telegraph.