Stuntmen injured on Lord of the Rings set, Amazon defends itself

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A New Zealand newspaper brings up the case of several serious accidents that have taken place in recent weeks in the production of the series.

The Dantesque filming of the series The Lord of the Rings, in New Zealand, has been going on for many months. And it would have been chaotic to say the least of late, with a wave of incidents and injuries within production, according to an article in the New Zealand Herald (via Variety), published Friday, which reports that “at least three” stuntmen Lord of the Rings were seriously injured. According to the article, two of these injuries even required surgery and were not “proactively reported“to WorkSafe, New Zealand’s occupational health and safety regulator.

But Amazon Studios categorically denies and published a denial in the NZ Herald and in Variety, claiming that their security protocols meet WorkSafe and New Zealand government standards: “Amazon Studios takes the health, physical and emotional well-being of our cast and crew very seriously. It is a top priority and the production team continues to be in full compliance with WorkSafe government regulations. New Zealand. Any claim or report that activities on the set are dangerous or outside the regulations are completely inaccurate. “

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The NZ Herald cites a specific case involving Dayna Grant, a stuntwoman who has worked on productions like Mad Max: Fury Road and Wonder Woman 1984. According to the journla, Grant suffered a head injury on the set in March, requiring emergency brain surgery, and a GiveALittle campaign was even started to help her raise funds.

The NZ Herald reports that another seriously injured stuntwoman, Elissa Cadwell, received New Zealand $ 500,000 after her injury. A source close to the production tells Variety that the payment was supposed to cover expenses related to Cadwell’s care and his return home. This same source specifies that the series The Lord of the Rings contains an extremely large number of waterfalls and that a risk analysis is carried out at each site. The production has an injury rate of 0.068%, which consists mostly of sprains, bruises and strains, according to the source in question.

Recall that the first season of the series The Lord of the Rings costs Amazon $ 465 million, according to Variety.

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