Whilst it is all too evident that fall protection measures need to be taken in industries such as construction, roofing and tree surgery, there are other types of occupation where working at height presents a risk of falling and gives rise to the need for fall protection measures to be implemented. One of those occupations is the film industry.
The risk of falling from a height can affect many of those who are on a film set or are filming on location. The actors and actresses and/or their stunt doubles must have adequate fall protection, as should those responsible for constructing sets at height, the camera crew, sound technicians and lighting engineers. In fact, virtually all the personnel who are involved in the filming of a production at a height may find themselves to be at risk of falling and requiring fall protection.
It is essential, whenever a member of the cast, crew or production team is to be working at height, to carry out a thorough appraisal of the risk involved and to implement fall protection measures. When acting at a height, constructing or dismantling sets, stages and light and sound systems the types of fall protection that should be considered are:
Depending on the nature of the particular production, working in the film industry can involve working at a height which, if a fall occurs, can be hazardous. A suitable risk assessment before set construction and filming should identify the degree and nature of any risk involved and which of the above types of fall protection measure should be implemented to protect the film workers.