The New Mexico Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health concluded that Rust Movie Productions knew that the safety procedures for handling firearms on the set were not followed.
Rust Movie Productions, the company responsible for producing the western Rust, was fined $137 thousand by the New Mexico Bureau of Labor Protection due to the accidental shooting of actor Alec Baldwin on the set, which led to the death of cameraman Galina Hutchins. This was announced by the press service of the bureau.
Upon completion of the investigation, the agency concluded that Rust Movie Productions “knew that the safety procedures for handling firearms on the set were not observed,” and the producers “showed indifference to the safety of employees by not reviewing the work procedure and making adjustments.”
The Bureau imposed the maximum fine stipulated by the state of $136,793 and ordered to pay it within 15 working days.
During a rehearsal on the set of the western “Rust” with the participation of actor Alec Baldwin, who also acts as one of the producers of the film, the actor fired a weapon that turned out to be loaded with live, not blank cartridges. Cameraman Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were injured. The director was discharged from the hospital a few hours later, the doctors could not save the cameraman. Filming has been suspended.