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Accident: 201169935 - Employees Are Burned In Movie Filming Accident

Accident: 201169935 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/26/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615951611/27/20077812You Don'T Mess With The Zohan
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on November 26, 2007, two employees were injured while acting as stunt extras during the filming of a movie. The accident occurred during the filming of a scene where a pyrotechnic simulation of a rocket propelled grenade was launched into a small shop in a town. It was filmed on the back lot of the studio. In order to simulate an explosion, two pyrotechnic devices were constructed out of black powder and flaked naphthalene. The room was coated with rubber cement to create an after-burn. The script called for the flames from the explosion to extend five feet out from the face of the building. Three stunt people were standing 25 ft from the front of the building. The stunt people were wearing Nomex shirts, and the exposed skin was coated with a product called fire gel, which is supposed to protect the skin from burns. Their faces and hands were insufficiently coated and two of the three sustained second-degree and third-degree burns to their hands and faces when the flames went out 25-ft instead of the intended 5-ft. Both employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, explosives, ppe, explosion, face, pyrotechnics, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126159516 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Artists, performers and related workers n.e.c.
2 126159516 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Artists, performers and related workers n.e.c.

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