Tombstone Tragedy: Photoshoot Ends with Freak Accident
This has got to be the most bizarre and tragic freak accident I have ever heard of happening at a photo shoot. A four-year old boy was crush by a tombstone in a cemetery during a photo shoot. The victims father, an amateur photographer, was reportedly taking pictures with some other kids. They chose the cemetery because of the interesting architecture and landscaping. When the children being shot were unresponsive, the child started pretending to be a leprechaun to get the kids to laugh. After ducking behind a six-foot tall tombstone weighing several hundred pounds, the monument dislodged and toppled onto the little boy.
The group was in the Glenwood Cemetery in Park City Utah when the accident occurred. The child suffered extensive wounds to his head, abdomen and head and later died in a local hospital.
Boy killed by falling tombstone was helping dad – SFGate
Tombstone Accidents are Not So Scare After All
The life of a child is precious and irreplaceable. Providing an environment that is safe for them is always on the mind of responsible adults. Safety at photo shoots should also be a consistent top priority, especially when children are involved. Sets, props and equipment can be heavy and complicated in maneuvering. And with the case of lights, the heat generated by some bulbs, especially halogen lamps can burn skin down to the white meat before you even notice that the smoke you smell is you flesh cooking. Take triple precautions, because no photo or video session should end up with paramedics on set.
And as crazy as this may sound, it is not the first time a child has been crushed by a tombstone: Family Sues After Texas Boy Crushed By Tombstone.