Another Worker Suing TF3 Production13/11/2010
Weeks after an extra was critically injured during filming of “Transformers 3” in Chicago, a welder who said he worked on special effects for the production alleged in a lawsuit Thursday that he was seriously hurt after a grinder he tried to use spun out of control.
William Kennedy suffered “severe and permanent damage to his arm” on July 25 after he turned on the piece of equipment, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Kennedy alleges that a temporary control panel in the building where he was working, at 2558 W. 16th St., was “negligently wired” to supply 220 volts. He claims nobody warned him before he plugged in the 110-volt grinder.
The lawsuit names Paramount Pictures, among other companies. A Paramount spokesman said the company has not seen the complaint and declined to comment.
Kennedy asked for an unspecified amount of damages.
The family of Gabriela Cedillo, a movie extra critically injured during filming, is also suing Paramount. The 24-year-old Chicago woman was struck by an object that came through her windshield while she drove her car on the Northwest Indiana set in September. Cedillo is permanently brain damaged, said relatives.