‘Rust’ filming report finds ‘intentional violations’ on set

Weapon safety procedures were not followed on the set, the film’s management team knew it and failed to correct it, the report said.

Rust Movie Productions, LLC was fined nearly $ 137,000 – the maximum allowed in New Mexico law – and issued the highest level of their actions.

“Our investigation showed that this tragic incident would never have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed national film industry standards for firearms safety,” said Environment Minister James Kenney. “This is a complete mistake on the part of the employer in following recognized national protocols that keep employees safe.”

The list of uncovered violations “goes on and on and on,” Kenney said in a subsequent interview with CNN.

The head of the agency sharply criticized the Rust production management for allegedly failing to comply with the safety regulations that they claimed were in place.

“They put something in motion, said they would abide by it, and then they never put the resources or the integrity behind it so that it could actually keep people safe,” Kenney said.

The state environmental chief said another factor that could potentially contribute to the ultimate fatal shooting on the set was the fact that the set’s armor man was also tasked with performing other unrelated tasks.

“When individuals in any profession, but specifically [the set armorer] getting multiple duties as opposed to having separate duties with multiple people, giving the possibility that people can not get to everything during their day, “Kenney said.” Security is not something that should ever be put on the back burner. burner. Security should be an inherent job characteristic that every employer invests in to keep their employees safe. ”

Asked if occupational safety investigators had determined how a round of ammunition reached a movie set, Kenney said that factor was not part of their review. Law enforcement officials have separately told CNN that their criminal investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

The report from Kenney’s team, issued Wednesday, accused the set management of failing to properly investigate reports of past firearms accidents, which could have helped correct deficiencies and prevent future incidents.

Bob Genoway, who oversaw the occupational safety agency’s investigation, told CNN on Wednesday that the Rust management “knew that safety was not taken seriously on the set and ignored it – just went ahead with the work without stopping and took the time to ensure that gun safety got the meaning it needed on the set. “

The film’s own documents indicated that production would follow industry standards regarding firearms safety, but the production team “failed to comply with these guidelines on the set,” states a release from OSHB.

CNN has contacted representatives of “Rust” productions for comment.

Hutchins was fatally shot last October during a rehearsal for a scene in a church on Bonanza Creek Ranch. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting. Late last year, Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a television interview that he was rehearsing a scene where he and Hutchins went over how she would place his hand before the gun went off. He said he never pressed the trigger and that the gun fired incorrectly.

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Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas told CNN in a statement: “We are grateful to the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau for investigating this case. We appreciate the report acquitting Mr. Baldwin by making it clear that he believed that the gun only held dummy rounds and that his authority on production was limited to approving script changes and creative casting.Mr. Baldwin had no authority over the cases that were the subject of the Bureau’s finding of violations, and we are pleased that “The New Mexico authorities have clarified these critical issues. We are confident that the individuals identified in the report will be held accountable for this tragedy.”

Lawyers for the film’s armored master Hannah Gutierrez Reed released a statement obtained by CNN, “Hannah Gutierrez Reed did not have enough time or resources to do her job efficiently, despite her expressed concerns. Critically, OSHA also stated that the production failed to call Hannah in to perform his armor tasks and inspect the firearm just before it was used in the impromptu scene with Baldwin.As we have mentioned before, someone from Production had called Hannah back to church before the scene to consult with her, this tragedy would have been prevented . “

Halyna Hutchins' husband comments on 'Rust' shooting

Hutchins’ widow, Matt Hutchins, released the following statement through his attorney Brian Panish following the OSHB report. “We are pleased that the NM OSHA report has shed some light on the safety issues in the workplace that plagued Rust and led to the tragic and fatal events of October 21, 2021. Our own investigation has found overwhelming evidence of ruthlessness and negligence from page Rust production team and others. ”

Baldwin and others have been named in an unlawful death case brought by Hutchins.

In court documents filed last month, Baldwin’s attorney claims that an arbitration clause protects the actor financially from the numerous lawsuits that have been filed against him, including the wrongful death case.

Although Baldwin was the producer on the film, the documents state that he exclusively handled the creative aspects of the film and had nothing to do with hiring or the film’s budget, and that these areas were overseen by Rust Productions LLC.

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