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Crane Collapse Kills 3 On The Set Of 'Indian 2'

by Vandana Thanki

During the filming of ‘Indian 2’ on Wednesday 19th February, a crane fell over killing three crew members and injured ten more. According to sources, The Assistant Director, Krishna, Art Assistant Chandran and Production Assistant, Madhu were killed in the accident at EVP Studios.

Angamuthu Shanmugam, General Secretary at the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) said that the cause of the accident was the use of an industrial crane and improper maintenance on the floor at EVP Film City. According to the police, the crane was 100ft tall. “We have been asking Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) to utilize the services of FEFSI members. We provide training in using new equipment including 40ft and 60ft cranes. In this case, an industrial crane was deployed and the floor was weak, resulting in the accident” he said.

Leading Art Director, Sabu Cyril said “Such accidents should be wake-up calls for film crew. In Mumbai, a scaffolding cannot be more than 35ft high. Not sure if such rules are followed in the south. This rule was implemented after an accident and Bollywood adopted safety on sets as a byword. In foreign locations, nobody can take rules for granted. The governments concerns are strict and monitor the movements of people. Safety audit happens at shooting spots. In Dubai an Inspector visits the spot to make sure no untoward incident occurs”.

The film had an insurance policy in place where the family of the deceased will receive ₹10 lakh (£10,737.00) each, with an addition of ₹1 crore (£107,334. 60) from actor, Kamal Haasan “We pushed them to take insurance, unlike Bollywood, not all producers opt for insurance here, which is not seen as a priority by them” said K Abhishek Bharati, a Business Consultant for the film industry.