The Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed their investigation into the shooting death of crew member of the TV show COPS last August in Omaha. Sound technician Bryce Dion followed officers into a Wendy’s restaurant during an armed robbery. The suspect fired an air-soft at officers who returned fire. A stray bullet hit Dion and he later died at a hospital.
Area Director Bonita Winingham says, “”These are very painful and tragic events and we believe these are preventable and so we want to work with companies to ensure that they make their work places safer.”
Winingham says Langley Productions will not face a penalty or citation. OSHA did send them a letter with recommendations to improve employee safety.
Those recommendations include:
- Instruct and train employees to film and record at a distance.
- Remove bonus incentives that may encourage employees to take unnecessary risk.
- Instruct and train employees on how to orient their bodies so their ballistic vests provide maximum protection, train them on how to take cover and on the proper use, fit and care of vests.
- OSHA also recommends the production company conduct a job hazard analysis to determine under what circumstances and how employees are to accompany law enforcement into situations where gunfire is likely to occur.