News for Oct. 21, 2005

Safety on King Kong-set slated

10/21/05, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Work conditions on the set of King Kong were "unacceptable", a damning Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) report says. OSH investigated the King Kong set in the Wellington suburb of Miramar after 21kg of scaffolding fell on two workers on October 14, 2004 (See 'King Kong crew members injured at Jackson studio'). Steve McNicol and Byron Sparrow were taken to hospital with lacerations, and one also suffered concussion and a broken shoulder blade in the accident. Labour Department health and safety chief adviser Mike Cosman said they were lucky not to be killed. The production company Big Primate, which is owned by Universal City Studios in California, was not prosecuted. [More]