Production asst sues over Hiding injury


A production assistant who alleges he injured his ankle whilst filming Hiding is suing producers Playmaker Media.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports Timothy John O’Bank, 53, of Pacific Pines, is suing for more than $325,000 after allegedly rolling his ankle while working on the 2015 ABC drama.

He alleges he injured his right ankle in September 2014 while loading a truck after wet weather, when a safety step slipped away.

“The plaintiff lost his balance and fell to the right, and as he placed his right foot on to the road he inverted his right ankle,” his claim says.

O’Bank claims the production company was negligent and he should have been advised to make sure the step was “placed in a secure position” before being used.

He suffered from a “displaced distal fibula fracture” and underwent two further surgeries, including installing and removing plates and screws from his right ankle.

His claim includes more than $100,000 after he was allegedly unable to work for 63 weeks following the injury.

Playmaker claims the injury was caused by his own negligence and has lodged a third-party claim against Eire Film Services Pty Ltd.

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