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Production failures contributed to stuntwoman’s death on ‘Deadpool’ set: report

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s workplace safety agency says multiple failures of a production company contributed to the death of a stunt performer on the set of “Deadpool 2.”

The investigation report by WorkSafeBC says SJ Harris died after she was ejected from a motorcycle and crashed into the window of a building in downtown Vancouver in August 2017.

The report asserts that TCF Vancouver Productions Ltd. failed to ensure that Harris was wearing a helmet or other safety headgear as required by regulations and the motorcycle manufacturer.

It also says the company failed to conduct a risk assessment addressing safety controls, motorcycle speed and equipment limitations, as well as ensure that Harris was provided with appropriate orientation and adequate supervision.

The workplace agency also says that TCF failed to ensure that the set was designed with safety controls so Harris or the motorcycle could not proceed beyond the perimeter of the set.

TCF could not immediately be reached for comment and WorkSafeBC says it’s now considering a penalty based on the findings of the report.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.

The Canadian Press

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