“I-LAND” Trainee And Staff Member Reportedly Injured On Set + Mnet Responds
Injuries occurred on the set of Mnet’s upcoming reality show “I-LAND.”
“I-LAND” is described as an observation reality show that will show the creation of next-generation K-pop artists. It is a project by BELIF+, a joint venture between CJ ENM and Big Hit Entertainment.
On June 15, it was reported that a trainee and a staff member had been injured while filming for the show.
A source stated to Sports Chosun, “The stage on set was movable and so dangerously designed that even professionally trained dancers could have fallen and gotten injured. Concerns about safety were raised during the internal meetings, but they pushed ahead with it anyway. Three days prior to the recording, a staff member fell from the stage and bled, but no follow-up action is being taken. On the day of the filming, one of the trainees fractured his arm and was taken to the emergency room, so he couldn’t appear on the show at all.”
The source continued to share, “Even after this, safety measures were not taken, and the stage was only slightly modified. I believe that if the current workforce isn’t enough, the program’s scale should be downsized to match that, or more people need to be hired.”
A source from “I-LAND” stated to News1, “It is true that accidents took place on set, but it is not true that we tried to cover them up. We immediately took action and are continuing to record after enforcing strengthened safety measures on set. We had originally planned for the show to have 24 trainees, but one trainee suffered a fracture during the first recording and could no longer participate in the filming. We are discussing with the trainee’s agency BELIF+ about the support measures we can take. The staff member suffered a minor injury, and we took measures accordingly.”