New Mexico state regulators blamed the producers of the movie “Rest” in a report Wednesday that the film management’s indifference to “recognized dangers” had led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The state fined the producers $136,793, the maximum allowed under state law.
The agency, the Occupational Health & Safety Bureau, which is part of the New Mexico Environment Department, said in a statement that “Rest Movie Productions, LLC management was aware that firearms safety procedures were not followed on set and that it was clear showed indifference to the employee. safety by failing to review work practices and take corrective action.”
It said the production company was given a “deliberate-serious” citation, the highest level.
“Rust Movie Productions, LLC was cited for its apparent indifference to the recognized dangers associated with the use of firearms on set, which resulted in fatalities, serious injuries and unsafe working conditions,” it said.
Ms. Hutchins was shot and killed on set in New Mexico on October 21 during rehearsal for a scene that involved actor Alec Baldwin pulling a gun.
Mr. Baldwin and other manufacturers have been named in several lawsuits seeking damages. But Mr Baldwin has said he was not responsible for Ms Hutchins’ death as he had been assured that the weapon did not contain live ammunition and that he was not responsible for checking the ammunition or for firearms safety on set.
Mrs. Hutchins, 42, was shot while production was setting up camera angles for the scene with Mr. Baldwin. The gun went off, firing a bullet that killed Ms. Hutchins and wounded Joel Souza, the film’s director.