'Maze Runner' Accident Is Film Company's Fault After Dylan O'Brien Injury: WorkSafeBC

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VANCOUVER — British Columbia's work-safety agency says a film production company "failed" to ensure the safety of workers on the set of "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" when actor Dylan O'Brien was injured in March.

WorksafeBC says an actor was injured March 17 after a change to an action sequence in the film.

After the incident in B.C.'s interior, 20th Century Fox said O'Brien was immediately transferred to a Vancouver hospital and that production on the film would be shut down while he recovered.

Director Wes Ball tweeted after the accident that O'Brien would finish shooting the latest instalment of the popular franchise a few weeks after recovering. However, it's unclear if filming for the movie has resumed and a spokesman in Los Angeles said Monday that Ball was out of the country.

No one from 20th Century Fox responded to requests for comment.

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Dylan O'Brien attends AOL BUILD Speaker Series: 'Maze Runner: Scorch Trials' at AOL Studios in New York in 2015 (Photo: Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)

The actor's name is redacted from an Employer Incident Investigation Report issued by the safety agency and in its Inspection Report, the person who was injured is referred to as the worker.

A nine-hour inspection was completed in May and the safety agency alleges in one of the reports that Fox US Productions 49 contravened a section of the provincial Workers Compensation Act.

The alleged breach happened during the filming of a rehearsed sequence, the report says.

It isn't clear from the reports what the actor was doing at the time of the accident, but one of the reports says the scene involved a trailing and leading vehicle.

"The transition from the trailing vehicle to the leading vehicle was changed to be done in one sequence instead of two," it says. "When the change was made to the sequence there was no meeting held to review the changes with all involved."

The report alleges that the change increased the risk of injury.

"The sequence now relied upon driver co-ordination and performance to keep the vehicles close enough during the transition, as the worker making the transition would end up rigged to the trailing vehicle but physically riding on the back of the leading vehicle," the report says.

The Employer Incident Investigation Report says the scene was "thoroughly rehearsed and successfully completed" about five times before the accident. It also says: "On preliminary investigation it appears that the trailing vehicle slowed prematurely."

The nature of the actor's injuries were redacted from the report.

O'Brien was filming the dystopian science-fiction series at the airport in Cache Creek, about 340 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

He is also known for his co-starring role in the MTV series "Teen Wolf."

Celebrity website TMZ and Hollywood trade publication Variety reported that O'Brien was hit by a car and suffered multiple injuries.

O'Brien's publicist was not immediately available for comment on Monday.

WorkSafeBC has ordered the company to prepare a notice of compliance report by Wednesday.

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