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'Longmire' Crew Member's Death Is Suspected to Be Caused by Too-Long Working Hours

July 02, 2014 07:27:44 GMT

The death of Gary Tuck, the crew member of 'Longmire' who died early morning on Saturday after his car rolled over on his way home from work, is currently being investigated.


'Longmire' Crew Member's Death Is Suspected to Be Caused by Too-Long Working Hours
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A crew member of A&E's crime drama series "Longmire" named Gary Tuck, 48, died early morning on Saturday, June 28, in a car accident. Gary's truck rolled over on a highway in an area known as Stanley, N. M. when he was on his way home from the drama's set around 4:30 A.M.

Gary was a member of Teamsters Local 492. The Union spokesman Moises Ortega said that the organization had been investigating Gary's death. The A&E worker was suspected of falling asleep when he was driving the truck, probably because of his too-long working hours. Moises claimed, "If we find anyone was in violation we will report it to the federal Department of Transportation."

A source revealed that crews usually worked for about 12 to 13 hours per day and even more than 18 hours a day for Gary, who worked from 9 A.M. to 3 A.M. at that time. The source said, "Long hours have been an issue on set for a while. Fridays are the worst, with a late start and a reduced turnaround over the weekend, they'll run you until the sun comes up on Saturday morning and have you back on set for 6 A.M. on Monday."

The "Longmire" producers, cast and crew have released a statement regarding Gary's death, stating, "Our thoughts are with the family of Joe Tuck, a driver for 'Longmire' and a valued member of the 'Longmire' team, who sadly passed away recently. On behalf of the entire cast, crew, studio and network, we offer the Tuck family and Joe's friends our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on this terrible loss."

"Longmire" season three premiered on June 2. The crime drama series stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips.

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posted by Lee on Jul 12, 2014
On this particular show, the producers were always VERY vocal, almost everyday reminding the crew that anytime they are tired, there is a hotel room available for them on production's tab. It is still very sad and my sympathies go out to those that knew and loved him but he did have options and made a choice. I honestly wish more shows were as proactive as Longmire is with ensuring hotel availability and constantly encouraging the crew to be safe.
posted by Nope on Jul 11, 2014
Nexken, that is just ignorance on your part. I work on Chicago productions and I can guarantee we are all trained for those conditions you speak of. This has nothing to do with that. The fact is that hours are too long and it can create many safety issues. Show a little more respect.
posted by Hairguy on Jul 09, 2014
Please! PRODUCERS ! Go back to Cali...get out of the danger zones.
posted by Good sound on Jul 08, 2014
It's appalling to listen to people try to absolve producers for their part in this. While the individual can make choices, it is influenced by these productions who continue to push the envelope of the work day along with unions who aren't taking care of their people when it counts the most. Both share in the blame along possible the worker. However, I find it hard put down dead man who's trying to make his mortgage, put the kids through school, develop the best egg, while trying to not get passed over for work because he's not willing to work the insane hours producers press. Professional drivers working 48 hours is a whole other cup of tea, high risk jobs or oil rigers, etc. Don't get it twisted.
posted by Ignorant... on Jul 07, 2014
...are smithy and nextken
posted by nexken on Jul 07, 2014
I hope producers get sued over and over again. They think that they can take show after show out of California. And not take a professional crew with them . This is the results. California crews are condition for these jobs. And more and more accidents are going to continue .Don't blame the industry blame the crew ! If you can't do the job go do something else .
posted by alrighty on Jul 07, 2014
This is very sad. It is not only about the amount of hours worked. People need to make smart decisions and nap in the car or even hotel. I have slept at hotels 2 miles from my shop and only 6 miles from my house.
posted by Only Teamsters on Jul 07, 2014
Only Teamsters I don't see make up and hair going home @ 50.00 and hour or camera, grips, electric so why single out the drivers? We do our job just as the rest of the crew , God gave us all choice we all make decisions that we can't change maybe he should have got a room are slept in his truck for a couple hours.You have professional driver's that do 48 hour races is that wrong ? But someone works a long day with a choice to sleep then heads home its someone else's fault. Only in America do we blame others for are own actions .I'm sorry someone lost their life from this , But we all have been to tired to make it home are that last 20 miles and had to make a Choice to pull over and rest.
posted by Peter Cole on Jul 06, 2014
A friend of mine who was smart enough to get out of this business years ago said it best. This is a business about who can stay up the longest, not so much about your skill.
posted by smithy on Jul 06, 2014
If they shot in California..instead of going to NM this tragedy could have been avoided. Producers will be in hot water with not only OSHA but with the Teamsters.
posted by Sad but Talk to the on Jul 06, 2014
This is very sad. Unfortunately, the Teamsters refuse to swap out their personnel after 8+ hours and instead hold out for the crazy amounts of 2x overtime. I've always found this to be greedy and inhuman.

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