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Deadpool 2 Production Company Fined $300,000 Over Death Of Stunt Performer

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Deadpool 2 Production Company Fined $300,000 Over Death Of Stunt Performer

The production company behind Deadpool 2 has been fined $289,562 (£234,028) over the death of a stunt performer during filming in 2017.

Joi Harris, 40, was standing in for actor Zazie Beetz (Domino) to perform a motorcycle stunt but was thrown from the bike and crashed into a building.

It was later found that Ms Harris was not wearing a helmet during the stunt and sadly died following the collision in August 2017. According to reports, it was her first role as a film stunt performer.

Production on the film was halted for two days.

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Three years on from the tragic incident, TCF Vancouver Productions LTD has been sanctioned for failing to provide a safe workplace for Ms Harris.

It comes after an investigation from WorkSafeBC (The Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia), which gave the fine, last year found TCF was guilty of five health and safety violations.

Joi Harris tragically died while performing a stunt for Deadpool 2. Credit: SJ Harris - Threader24 Racing
Joi Harris tragically died while performing a stunt for Deadpool 2. Credit: SJ Harris - Threader24 Racing

At the time of the ruling in October 2019, WorkSafeBC's report said the company 'failed to ensure that the workplace was designed with safety controls in place so that the stunt performer or the motorcycle could not proceed beyond the perimeter of the film set'.

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It continued: "Barriers were absent that should have prevented the stunt performer and motorcycle from leaving the set perimeter."

The report went on to say that TCF Vancouver Productions Ltd.: "Failed to conduct a risk assessment addressing safety controls, speed of the motorcycle, and equipment limitations.

"The employer failed to complete important health and safety documentation, including a stunt safety inspection checklist and a production activity notification checklist, as required by its own health and safety program."

In a statement today, WorkSafeBC said it hoped the fine would encourage the firm involved to take better precautions in future.

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At the time of Ms Harris' death, Ryan Reynolds shared his condolences with her family and friends. Credit: PA
At the time of Ms Harris' death, Ryan Reynolds shared his condolences with her family and friends. Credit: PA

It read: "The primary purpose of an administrative penalty is to motivate the employer receiving the penalty - and other employers - to comply with occupational health and safety requirements and to keep their workplaces safe."

At the time of Ms Harris' death, Ryan Reynolds, who was the lead role in the movie, shared his condolences with her family and friends.

He said: "We're heartbroken, shocked and devastated... but recognise that nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment.

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"My heart pours out to them - along with each and every person she touched in this world."

Featured Image Credit: Marvel/20th Century Fox

Topics: TV and Film, Interesting

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