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B.C. to probe accident that injured Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien

Actor Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured while shooting the latest Maze Runner film in B.C.

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British Columbia's workplace safety agency is investigating an accident on the set of the latest Maze Runner film that seriously injured Dylan O'Brien, the star of the franchise.

Mr. O'Brien's injuries were so severe that production on the film in the B.C. Interior, scheduled for release in February, 2017, has been shut down while the actor recovers.

It's a rare high-profile incident involving a key player in one of the films and TV series that have sustained an ongoing boom in production in British Columbia.

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The WorkSafeBC review is done to ensure the producers were providing a safe workplace, though it's too early to say what kind of enforcement might be necessary, said Trish Knight Chernecki, a spokesperson for the agency.

"What we want to make sure of is that the employer was ensuring the health and safety of their workers because that's our role," she said.

In general, WorkSafeBC would be looking at risk assessments and health and safety procedures, she said.

Ms. Knight Chernecki said a pair of prevention officers have been dispatched to the production's set at the airport in Cache Creek, about 85 kilometres west of Kamloops.

On Friday, various reports said Mr. O'Brien was hit by a car during production of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third in a series of films based on novels by James Dasher about a post-apocalyptic future.

On Sunday, Ms. Knight Chernecki said producers are co-operating with investigators, including submitting to interviews. "They are providing them with whatever they need," she said.

Ms. Knight Chernecki said it is possible that investigators will seek to speak to Mr. O'Brien. "You can assume that anybody that had information about the incident will be contacted and interviewed and asked to give statements," she said.

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She added that injuries and fatalities are rare on production sets in B.C.

On Saturday, the film's director, Wes Ball, posted a statement on Twitter in which he said Mr. O'Brien is " just fine."

"I'm sorry for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family, as well as my wonderful cast and crew. It's scary seeing your friend get hurt," he wrote. "After a few weeks of rest and recovery, [Mr. O'Brien will] be back up and running to finish our adventure together."

Mr. O'Brien, who also stars in the MTV series Teen Wolf, leads a group of people in the Maze Runner series who are trying to survive after Earth has been devastated by a solar flare.

According to the website of Creative BC, the provincial agency that assists the production sector, the film has been in production for about six days and is scheduled to continue in the province until June.

Mr. Dasher tweeted that the film's star was hurt, "but that he's going to be okay. Not life threatening in any way."

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Ian Bailey is a Vancouver-based reporter for The Globe and Mail.  He covers politics and general news. Prior to arriving at The Globe and Mail, he reported from Toronto and St. John’s for The Canadian Press.  He has also covered British Columbia for CP, The National Post and The Province. More


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