No fine for Transformers 3 accident

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US officials have said Paramount Pictures will not be fined over an accident on the set of Transformers 3 that left a woman brain damaged.

Gabriela Cedillo was left partially paralyzed and unable to speak when a thick slab of metal became dislodged from a stunt car and struck her head.

Indiana health and safety spokesman, Marc Lotter, said the incident was "unfortunate and unforeseeable".

The accident occurred due to the failure of a weld connected to a cable.

Lotter said the weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place when the accident happened on 1 September, 2010.

Duty of care

The family of Cedillo, who was an extra on the film, have since started legal proceedings against Paramount in Chicago.

They claim that the studio and location managers on the film breached a duty of care.

Paramount said it would "continue to provide" help for Ms Cedillo.

Extras on film sets are usually asked to sign liability waivers. However, it will be down to the jury hearing this case to decide whether the studio owed a duty of care to Cedillo.

The court will be looking for evidence that reasonable precautions were taken to prevent accidents.

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