Gregg Allman movie production company
cited over on-set death
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[August 15, 2014]
(Reuters) - Federal safety officials
on Thursday cited the production company formed to make a film about
rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, after
an incident in which a crew member died on the Georgia set of "Midnight
Rider."Camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight
other crew members were injured when an oncoming train tore through the
set while they installed equipment to film on active train tracks and a
trestle bridge near Savannah in February.
The incident, which sparked an awareness campaign in Hollywood
about safety for crews on film sets, led to film director Randall
Miller and his wife, producer Jody Savin, being indicted on charges
of involuntary manslaughter last month in Georgia.
The pair has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their
crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad
trestle," Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and
Health David Michaels said in a statement.
The citation comes with a recommended penalty of $74,900 and allows
the company 15 days to contest the finding.
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A representative for Unclaimed Freight Production Inc., which is
owned by Miller and Savin and has the same mailing address as Film
Allman LLC, in which the pair also own a stake, did not immediately
return messages seeking comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Additional reporting
by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Eric Beech)
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