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Jackson Escapes Prosecution in Safety Investigation

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Oct 24, 2005 | 5:56am EDT

The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's Big Primate production company has escaped prosecution after a crew member was injured on the set of King Kong--because the victim is pressing to change working practices instead of blaming individuals.

New Zealand authorities have spent months investigating set practices after an unnamed crew member on the film claimed poor safety efforts left him injured when scaffolding fell on him.

And, in an Occupational Safety & Health Agency report last week, investigators agreed that safety practices on the set were suspect and crew members were expected to work long hours. The worker and a colleague were left with concussion and a broken shoulder blade.

But, in a letter to Big Primate, the government-funded agency explained the production company had escaped prosecution because the injured worker was not interested in holding anyone responsible for his accident.

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