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Increasing Demand For Content Is Causing More On-Set Injuries and Death, Say Hollywood Stuntpeople

It looks like your ever-expanding Netflix queue might come with a mounting human cost.

According to a new article from the Hollywood Reporter, stunt workers are claiming that the recent glut of content that many are referring to as 'Peak TV' is leading to considerably less safe stunt practices.

The driving factor behind this seems to be the influx of streaming content from platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. With an estimated 520 TV shows airing in 2018, which is more than double the 200 or so that aired in 2010, this upward trend shows no signs of stopping.

With so few established and experienced stunt people working in the industry, the talent is being stretched pretty thin across various productions, causing "an increased risk of unqualified stunt coordinators," according to the Screen Actors Guild, who also cover stunt performers.

Unlike in the U.K. and Australia, which maintain strict requirements for stunt workers, performers in the US with a SAG card are able to be a stunt coordinator. While the SAG suggests "guidelines" around how stunts should be performed, they are non-binding and unenforced.

This issue was thrust into the limelight after two stunt actors were killed on two separate sets in 2017. The first, John Bernecker, died on the set of 'The Walking Dead' after a 20-foot fall during rehearsals. The following month, a first-time stuntwoman was killed during a motorcycle stunt while working on 'Deadpool 2'.

They were the first two stunt-related deaths since 2002.

(Photo: Stunt coordinator working on an upcoming 'Fast and Furious' spinoff)

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