Selma Crew Member Sues Over On-Set Electrocution
(L-R) Director/producer Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and actress/producer Oprah Winfrey accept the award for Outstanding Motion Picture for ‘Selma’, onstage during the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California – Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America.
A crew member who worked on Selma has hit studio bosses at Paramount with a lawsuit after he was allegedly electrocuted on set.
Electrician Ron Sands claims the incident occurred in June, 2014 while he was instaling a “18,000 HMI globe”, which is a special light for filming.
In the federal lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com, Sands alleges a safety feature on the globe failed, and he subsequently got zapped with 220 volts of electricity. He says he suffered physical injuries, but did not go into specifics.
Sands claims executives at Paramount were aware of “faulty wiring” on set and should have foreseen the possible repercussions of the unsafe environment.
Paramount chiefs have rebuffed Sands’ claims, stating his alleged injury is part of the job and in signing on to the film, he “assumed the risk of any hazard” on set.
Sands is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Selma, which starred David Oyelowo as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars, and won Best Original Song for Glory by Common and John Legend.