Are Tom Cruise Movie Stunts OSHA Safe?

Tom Cruise doing his own stunts in his movies has become a powerful piece of promotion for the films. For Mission Impossible he dangled from a moving aircraft, in The Mummy he rode in KC-135 aircraft going zero gravity 60 times but what are the dangers of these stunts?

George Clooney sustained spine injuries during the filming of Syriana so bad he was bed ridden for a month and had depression/thoughts of suicide. He later had to offer his $7 million dollar home as collateral because he was unable to get insurance for a film.

Steve de Castro was pinned under an SUV driven by actor Tom Sizemore while filming Shooter and had to be airlifted to a local hospital. OSHA investigated the accident but did not file any citations stating it was out of jurisdiction since de Castro was not an employee of the studio but an independent contractor. There is now a lawsuit over the incident with the LA Sheriff's Department not opening a case because it was a workplace accident and OSHA not having jurisdiction because of the employment status of those involved.

Even for multi millionaire actors the danger of work place accidents is very real and at times borderline unsafe. For a government that makes us get a vehicle safety check you would think they would be more concerned about the well being of these individuals.


Jason Friedman has 13+ years of safety professional and also in that time managed five figure monthly PPC account and SEO for safety consulting firm. His knowledge comes from real world hands on results.

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