From the outside, a movie set might seem like a glamorous place filled with movie stars, directors, producers and hair and makeup artists, but there are a lot more people involved in making a movie than the few you see on screen. Just look at how many people are listed in the credits at the end of a movie the next time you watch one.
Among the many often overlooked jobs that are vital to a movie is the job of a rigger. A rigger’s job is to build structures that support the lighting and scenery on set. Unfortunately, on February 6, 2024, one rigger lost his life while he was doing his job.
At the time of the accident, the rigger was working in the rafters when he fell to the ground. He did not survive the fall. Deadline reports that the rigger was a man named Juan “Spike” Osorio.
The accident took place on the set of the movie “Wonder Man” which is currently being filmed at CBS Radford Studios in Studio City, California.
Upon learning the news of Osorio’s death, the union that he was a member of, IATSE, shared a tribute Osorio. They wrote, “He was the best person who cared for all living things, a person that we all should strive to be. J.C. Spike Osorio was taken away from us too soon on February 6, 2024. He was the most wonderful, thoughtful, and loving husband, a caring son, a wise brother, a strong friend, a brave veteran, a euphorbia enthusiast, a meticulous lighting technician, and a stickler for safety at work.”
A GoFundMe was also set up for Osorio’s wife, Joanne Osorio-Wu. On the GoFundMe page, the description mentions that Osorio “lost his life on the set of Marvels WonderMan shoot at CBS Radford studios due to a potential structural failure.” It seems that there’s some thought that it might have been more than just an accident and that the family may plan to sue MARVEL and CBS Radford.
In the meantime, the GoFundMe is attempting to help Osorio-Wu. The original goal was $100,000, but just three days later, the total has reached over $163,000. The money raised may be used to pay for attorney fees.
Osorio is survived by his wife, his mother and his two dogs.
Watch the video below for more details about this tragic accident.