Alec Baldwin shooting: Highest possible fine for film company behind Rust

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the maximum possible well has been issued to the film production company behind the film ‘Rust’ by workplace safety regulators following the fatal shooting on the set of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Hutchins died after an actor held a prop gun alec baldwin was released during rehearsals for the western movie in New Mexico in it US in October 2021.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Safety and Health said Rust Movie Productions must pay $139,793 for firearms safety failures.

A scathing report on the fatal shooting stated that the company “was aware firearm safety procedures were not being followed on set and demonstrated a complete disregard for employee safety.”

It also distributed a scathing narrative of security lapses in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two glitches on set before the fatal shooting.

The bureau also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unaddressed and said weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions about additional safety training.

“What we had, based on our investigators’ findings, was a set of obvious dangers to employees regarding the use of firearms and a lack of action by management on those obvious dangers,” Bob Genoway told The Associated Press. , head of the occupational safety office.

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On a ranch outside of Santa Fe in October. On January 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins inside a small church during preparation for the filming of a scene when it blew up, killing Hutchins and injuring the director, Joel Souza.

Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was pointing the gun at Ms. Hutchins following her instructions on the set of the Western in New Mexico when it went off without him pulling the trigger.

The new occupational safety report confirms that an assistant director, David Halls, handed a large-caliber revolver to Baldwin without consulting with on-set weapons specialists during or after loading the gun.

Regulators note that Halls also served as safety coordinator and was present and witness to two accidental discharges of rifles on set, and that he and other managers who knew of the misfires took no action to investigate, correct or discipline. Crew members expressed surprise and discomfort.

“The Security Coordinator was present on set and did not take any direct action to address the security issues,” the report states. “Management had multiple opportunities to take corrective action and chose not to. As a result of these failures, director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were seriously injured. Halyna Hutchins succumbed to her injuries.”

A spokesperson for Rust Movie Productions did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An attorney for Baldwin was not immediately available.

James Kenney, secretary of the Department of the Environment that oversees occupational safety, said the agency devoted 1,500 staff hours to its investigation, reviewed hundreds of documents and conducted at least a dozen interviews with cast and crew members.

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Investigators found that production managers imposed strict limits on resources for a small crew that controlled weapons on set and failed to address concerns about a shotgun that was left unattended twice.

Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the daughter of a sniper and a film production consultant, was limited to eight paid days as a gunsmith to supervise weapons and training, and was assigned lighter duties as a prop assistant. When she ran out of her time as a gunsmith, Gutierrez Reed warned a manager and was turned down.

Security researchers also point out that the production company failed to develop a process to ensure that live ammunition was not brought onto the set, in violation of industry security protocols. Security meetings were held, but weapons were not used every day, as required.

Kenney said separate investigations into possible criminal charges are still ongoing.

He said his agency received no direct safety complaints from cast or crew prior to the fatal shooting, though anonymity is being offered.

“This tragedy, this loss of life, could have been prevented and we want people to say something,” he said.

Kenney was appointed in 2019 by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a staunch supporter of the film industry who raised the state cap on industry incentives shortly after taking office.

New Mexico competes with non-Hollywood production sites in states like Georgia, Louisiana and New York.

Film productions have flocked to New Mexico in recent years to take advantage of its diverse outdoor settings, moderate costs, and generous state incentives, including reimbursement of 25% to 35% of state expenses for film production. videos that helps filmmakers big and small pay for their work.

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