When getting ready to shoot the first season of the show in 2005, Stanley, now 50, tripped and smashed his face into a crab pot. The next morning, with his jaw broken in three places, he boarded the boat for weeks of work in some of the world's roughest seas.
Stanley sees nothing wrong with asking TV workers to perform dangerous tasks as long as they are informed of the hazards involved. Besides, the company behind the show wrote him a check for about $13,000 to cover the injuries from his crab-pot accident.
And forget trying to apply union safety regulations to shows like "Deadliest Catch."
"There's no way it could be made under union rules," Stanley said.
For a pilot for a proposed Discovery Channel series tentatively titled "Brothers in Arms," Terry Flanell and her husband, Melvin Bernstein, were being filmed at their Colorado shooting range in June 2012 when two smoke bombs detonated and sent metal pipes through the air. One struck and killed Flanell.
"It took off like a rocket [and] went through her," Bernstein said. "It was terrible."
Bernstein said he had already complained that there was no pyrotechnics expert on set, after his brother and his brother's girlfriend were injured in an explosion the day before.