One Taiwanese worker died and two others were injured Thursday when a scaffolding structure collapsed on the Taipei set of Silence, the 72-year-old director's upcoming movie starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
Leslee Dart, a spokesperson for the production of Silence, confirmed the sad news, telling E! News in a statement, "Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor's employees and injuries to two others."
The rep added, "Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured."
Immediately after the accident occurred, the three workers were rushed to the local hospital. One was pronounced dead upon arrival while the other two men sustained leg fractures and head injuries, the Taipei City Fire Department confirmed to the Taipei Times. All three men involved were in their 50s.
Silence follows the story of two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to spread Christianity in the 17th century.