Those who stayed to watch the credits for The Dark Knight will have seen ‘in memory of our friends Heath Ledger and Conway Wickliffe.’ Well Conway Wickliffe was a stunt technician on the film and was leaning out of a car while operating a camera when the vehicle failed to negotiate a bend and hit a tree. The accident happened during a test run for a scene in which the Batmobile is blown up.
The BBC are reporting that a jury in the town of Woking have decided that his death was accidental.
Following the hearing, Mr Wickliffe’s partner, Dee Chase, called on the big movie companies to take health and safety seriously when filming stunts.
She said a health and safety person should be assigned to every stunt shoot to prevent similar tragedies occurring again.
“Warner Brothers are a huge multi-million dollar company – why are they cutting corners like this?” she said.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may now bring a prosecution over the incident.