Amazon Studios is responding to reports that production of the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series does not take safety standards seriously, with the company calling the claims “completely inaccurate.”
A New Zealand Herald article, published Friday, reports that “at least three” stuntmen on the set of “The Lord of the Rings” series – which costs Amazon $ 465 million to produce its first season – were seriously injured . . According to the article, two injuries requiring surgery were not “proactively reported” to WorkSafe, New Zealand’s occupational health and safety regulator.
In a statement to the NZ Herald and the Variety, Amazon Studios says their security protocols comply with WorkSafe and New Zealand government standards.
“Amazon Studios takes the health, physical and emotional well-being of our cast and crew very seriously,” said an Amazon Studios spokesperson. “As a top priority, the production team continues to be in full compliance with the government safety and security regulations of WorkSafe New Zealand. Any claim or report that activities on the set are dangerous or outside the regulations are completely inaccurate. “
The NZ Herald cites a specific case involving Dayna Grant, an award-winning stuntwoman who has worked on productions like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Wonder Woman 1984”. According to the NZ Herald, Grant suffered a head injury on the set in March, which was not reported to WorkSafe, then was diagnosed with an 8mm brain aneurysm and an injury to the upper spine. vertebral. Grant is currently in need of emergency brain surgery, and a GiveALittle campaign has been launched to help him raise funds, according to the NZ Herald. Grant did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comments.
A source close to the production tells Variety Grant’s head injury was determined to be a mild concussion when she received treatment, which is not a “reportable event” under WorkSafe regulations. According to the WorkSafe website, a reportable event is an injury or illness “that requires[s] (or generally would require) that a person be admitted to hospital for immediate treatment. The site further states that being “admitted to a hospital” means that the person has been admitted “as an inpatient for any length of time – this does not include being taken to a hospital for treatment. outpatient by a hospital emergency department, or for corrective surgery at a later time, such as straightening a broken nose.The source also claims that Grant was not diagnosed with a brain aneurysm until June and that ‘he had previously been cleared to return to work on several other projects after suffering a concussion.
The NZ Herald reports that another seriously injured stuntwoman, Elissa Cadwell, was paid NZD 500,000 after her injury. A source close to the production tells Variety that the payment was intended to cover expenses related to Cadwell’s care and his return home. Cadwell did not respond to Varietyrequest for comments.
The source also notes to Variety that the series “The Lord of the Rings” has a very large amount of stunts, and a risk analysis is performed at each stunt site with all near misses and accidents recorded. The production has an injury rate of 0.068%, which consists mostly of sprains, bruises and strains of muscles and soft tissues, according to the source.
According to its connecting line, the upcoming “The Lord of the Rings” series brings to the screen for the very first time the heroic legends of the legendary Second Age story of Middle-earth. This epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows both familiar and new characters as they face the dreaded re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the far reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies for themselves that will last long after they are gone.