(CNN) — The crew on the set of the movie “Rust” “willfully violated” safety rules and “demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety” which led to the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, according to a report released Wednesday by New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health & Safety Bureau.
Gun safety procedures were not being followed on set, the film’s management team knew it and failed to correct it, the report states.READ MORE: Apple stores file papers to unionize, including 1 in Atlanta
Rust Movie Productions, LLC was fined nearly $137,000 — the maximum allowed by New Mexico law — and issued the highest-level citation for their actions.
“Our investigation found that this tragic incident never would have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed national film industry standards for firearm safety,” said Environment Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “This is a complete failure of the employer to follow recognized national protocols that keep employees safe.”READ MORE: Special grand jury considering Trump election interference in Georgia convenes
The film’s own documents indicated production would follow industry standards regarding firearm safety, but the production team “failed to adhere to these guidelines on set,” a release from OSHB states.
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