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Film company fined in The Walking Dead stuntman's death

Man fell head-first onto concrete 7 metres below
By Kate Brumback (The Associated Press)

 ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities in the United States have imposed the maximum allowable fines on a film company in the on-set death of a stuntman for The Walking Dead.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Friday that it issued a "serious citation'' to Stalwart Films and proposed penalties totalling $12,675 `"for failing to protect employees from fall hazards while filming.''

John Bernecker, 33, died July 12 from injuries suffered in a fall on the hit show's set in Senoia, about 56 kilometres south of Atlanta.

According to a report from the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, assistant director Matthew Goodwin told a responding officer that Bernecker intended to fall onto a pad but instead fell head-first onto concrete about 7 metres below.

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