Claims of unsafe conditions on 'Lord of the Rings' series set refuted by Amazon Studios as 'inaccurate'

An article in the New Zealand Herald, published on Friday, 报告说 “at least threestunt workers on the set of theLord of the Ringsseries — which is costing Amazon $ 465 百万 to produce its first season — have been seriously injured. According to the story, two injuries requiring surgery were notproactively reportedto WorkSafe, New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator.

In a statement to both the NZ Herald and Variety, Amazon Studios says that their safety protocols are in compliance with WorkSafe and New Zealand governmental standards.

Amazon Studios takes the health, physical and emotional welfare of our cast and crew extremely seriously,” a spokesperson for Amazon Studios says. “As a top priority, the production team continues to be in full compliance with the mandated WorkSafe New Zealand Safety and Security government regulations. Any allegation or report that activities on set are unsafe or outside of regulations are completely inaccurate.

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Amazon Studios has refuted claims that the set of its upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ series is unsafe.

Amazon Studios has refuted claims that the set of its upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ series is unsafe. (New Line Cinema)

The NZ Herald cites a specific instance involving Dayna Grant, an award-winning stunt performer who has worked on productions like “疯狂的麦克斯: 狂暴之路” 和 “Wonder Woman 1984.According to the NZ Herald, Grant suffered a head injury on set in March, which was not reported to WorkSafe, and then was diagnosed with a 8mm brain aneurysm and an injury to her upper spine. Grant is currently in need of emergency brain surgery, 和一个 GiveALittle campaign was launched to help her raise the funds, the NZ Herald states. Grant did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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A source close to production tells Variety that Grant’s head injury was determined to be a mild concussion when she received treatment, which is not anotifiable eventby WorkSafe’s regulations. 根据 WorkSafe website, a notifiable event is an injury or illnessthat require[s] (or would usually require) a person to be admitted to hospital for immediate treatment.The site further clarifies that beingadmitted to a hospitalmeans that the person has been admitted, “as an inpatient for any length of time – it doesn’t include being taken to the hospital for out-patient treatment by a hospital’s 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 the brain aneurysm until June, and had previously been cleared to return to work on several other projects after suffering the concussion.

The NZ Herald mentions that another stunt performer who was seriously injured, Elissa Cadwell, was paid $ 500,000 NZD after her injury. A source close to production tells Variety that the payment was to cover the expenses for Cadwell’s care and to return home. Cadwell did not respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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The source also notes to Variety that theLord of the Ringsseries has an extremely large amount of stunts, and risk analysis is performed at every stunt site with all near misses and accidents recorded. The production has an injury rate of .068%, which mostly consists of sprains, bruises and muscle and soft tissue strains, 根据消息来源.

Per its logline, the upcomingLord of the Ringsseries brings to screen for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “霍比特人” 和 “The Lord of the Rings.Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows both familiar and new characters as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

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