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“Walking Dead” Stuntman Dies in Fall in Georgia

On July 12, 33-year-old John Bernecker, a stuntman on the television show “The Walking Dead” died after an accident on-set. The stuntman was performing a stunt where he was supposed to fall from a balcony over a railing onto a pad. The pad consisted of 22-inch boxes, port-a-pit pads and another large pad. The balcony was about 22 feet in the air. Another actor on the balcony with Bernecker, Austin Amelio, reported that Bernecker was nervous about the stunt. He had never done a fall from that height. When Bernecker was given the thumbs up, he fell over the rail, but appeared to grab onto the railing at the last second. He then hit the balcony, releasing his grip and spinning upside down while falling. He struck the ground a few inches away from the pad. OSHA Responds The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Several…
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