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Accident during the filming of "Fast & Furious 9", 1 million dollars fine for the producers

Accident during the filming of "Fast & Furious 9", 1 million

The producers of Fast & Furious 9 have been fined more than $1 million by a UK court after a stunt double for FF9 Pictures Limited, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, pleaded guilty to breaching the Act on UK Health and Safety at Work" last week at Luton Magistrates' Court outside London.

Voice actor Joe Watts, who has worked on projects such as Solo: A Star Wars Story and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, was seriously injured in 2019 when a scene went wrong and he jumped more than 7 meters into the concrete floor.

Watts suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury, which had long-term effects. An investigation later revealed that the rope on his vest had come loose.

The UK's Health and Safety Authority, which prosecuted, said FF9 Pictures had failed to consider the possibility of a rope snap or connection failure during the initial risk assessment and cited other failings such as the lack of of the watch strap inspection within the last six months.

"Mr Watts' injuries were life-changing and he could easily have been killed. Underneath the stunts, the point is not to prevent a fall, but to minimize the risk of injury," HSE inspector Roxanne Barker said.

Hearing the case, District Judge Talwinter Buttar fined the company £800,000 ($1 million) and said Watts was lucky to be alive after the accident at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden. FF9 was also ordered to pay $18,600 in court costs. Watts is also suing the company for $1.2 million in personal injury.

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