Blog“Rust” Armorer Trial – Thoughts on Safety Industry Standards

February 22, 20240

Legal Insights from the “Rust” Armorer Trial: A Call to Action for Enhanced Workplace Safety

The “Rust” armorer trial, stemming from the tragic shooting on the movie set that resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, has captured widespread attention, highlighting the paramount importance of workplace safety. At Custodio & Dubey LLP (CD Law), we are keenly observing the trial, not as entertainment law specialists, but as advocates for stringent safety standards and legal accountability across all industries.

Key Takeaways from the “Rust” Armorer Trial

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s trial for involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence brings to the forefront the critical role of safety protocols and the severe consequences of their breach. “These trials will have far-reaching consequences for the movie industry,” says Miguel Custodio, co-founder of CD Law. This statement underscores the broader implications of the trial, emphasizing the need for a systemic reevaluation of safety measures, which resonates across various sectors beyond entertainment. Miguel also said, “I guarantee that Alec Baldwin and his legal team will be intently and obsessively watching.”

Miguel Custodio on the Trial’s Industry Impact

Miguel Custodio’s insights into the trial are particularly relevant for professionals across all workplaces. “It’ll be an interesting trial to watch because she’ll be throwing Baldwin and the production under the bus,” Custodio notes, highlighting the complex dynamics of accountability and the potential for significant industry-wide shifts in safety practices. This perspective is crucial for our clients as it illustrates the multifaceted nature of legal responsibility and the potential for legal proceedings to influence industry standards and practices.

CD Law’s Perspective on Workplace Safety

While our firm may not specialize in entertainment law, the “Rust” armorer trial reminds us of the universal importance of upholding the highest safety standards. The legal ramifications of the case reinforce the necessity for all employers and professionals to rigorously implement and adhere to safety protocols, thereby safeguarding their employees and mitigating legal risks.

Advancing Safety and Compliance

In light of the insights provided by Miguel Custodio and the ongoing trial, CD Law advocates for the following proactive steps:

  • Reinforce Safety Training: Employers should ensure that comprehensive and regular safety training is an integral part of their organizational culture.
  • Strict Protocol Adherence: Establishing robust safety protocols is crucial, but their strict enforcement is paramount to preventing accidents and ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Stay Informed and Compliant: Keeping abreast of legal developments and ensuring compliance with safety regulations is essential for mitigating risks and upholding legal and ethical standards.


The “Rust” armorer trial is a stark reminder of the critical need for stringent safety measures in every workplace.



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