Batwoman crew member paralysed in on set-accident, Warner Bros co-operating with investigation

A Gofundme donation page has already raised thousands of pounds in support of Amanda Smith, a production assistant on the CW series

Louis Chilton
Tuesday 17 March 2020 10:38 GMT
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A production assistant has suffered an injury on the set of the CW's superhero TV series Batwoman, and is paralysed from the waist down.

Amanda Smith was working on the series during a shoot below the Georgia Viaduct in Vancouver on March 11 when "the bucket of a lift lowered onto her head", according to her fundraising page.

Colleague and friend Tyler Mancuzzo told the Vancouver Sun that Smith had her back to the machine and was unable to hear the danger over the traffic overhead.

“She was literally just sitting there and it came down on top of her,” said Mancuzzo.

The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) are investigating the incident.

In the accident, Smith suffered serious spinal injuries. including burst vertebrae. She underwent emergency spinal surgery.

Those close to Smith are optimistic that she may one day regain sensation in her legs with time and extensive rehabilitation.

In a statement given to Deadline, a representative for Warner Bros TV said: “A valued member of the Batwoman production team was recently injured during the preparation of a filming location in Vancouver.”

“Our thoughts are with her for a speedy recovery. We are working closely with WorkSafeBC to provide any and all requested information. We continue to work to protect the health and safety of all our crews, casts and employees.”

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