Movies - TV
The Tragic Jumper Incident That Cost A Crew Member Their Life
Despite the fantastical tales that come out of the Hollywood system, film crews are subject to the same hazardous working conditions and injuries as other professions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2007, these same issues led to the death of a veteran set dresser on the set of "Jumper."
As reported by THR, on the Toronto set of the 2007 sci-fi film "Jumper," frozen sand, earth, and ice broke away from an exterior set and fell onto crew members below. One man suffered injuries to his head and shoulders, and a 56-year-old set dresser, David Ritchie, died instantly.
Unfortunately, The Associated Press estimates that between 1990 and 2016, 43 people met tragic ends on set and more than 150 others were left with life-altering injuries. Some set tragedies get press coverage, such as the accidental shooting deaths of Brandon Lee on the set of "The Crow" and Halyna Hutchins while filming "Rust," but most do not.