Sarah Jones, who died in a tragic accident last week on the set of ‘Midnight Rider,’ was memorialized during last night’s Academy Awards show. Now many in the industry are using the tragedy to draw attention to safety lapses that can occur under pressure to “get the shot.”
Jones, 27, a camera assistant on the production, was killed during production of the Greg Allman biopic. Six other crew members were also injured.
Friends of Jones have created a “Pledge for Sarah” web site where they are asking people to vow to speak out if they see dangerous conditions on set.
The web site explains:
We expect our sets to be safe. But often times people’s focus on safety can get lost in the collective rush to “get the shot” or “make the day”. No one plans this. It just happens.
When safety by the nature of moving fast and keeping up becomes secondary, it is left to all of us to look out not only for ourselves but for each other as well. Guidelines, memos, and classes are only effective if we put them into practice and it is our obligation to assure that everyone around us is doing so. We have to be our own safety net because we are the only ones there in the moment. We need to be willing to speak up, speak loud, and more importantly support others in doing so.
Because no one should ever die making a movie.
This is not about crews, or cast, or production, or us, or them. It’s about everyone on a production. Be safe and be aware. No exceptions. Safety is the responsibility we accept every time we step on a set and it only works if we all have each other’s backs – because no one wants to have to explain to a friend’s loved one why they didn’t speak up.
You have the power. We have the power. Together we have strength and together we can make sure that everyone gets home safely at the end of every day.