If you are doing on-location shoots for your film, then you have a lot on your mind with regards to getting the best shot. However, there are other factors of film production at play, too. You need to make sure to prevent injuries to members of your cast and crew, as hazards can pop up during a shoot that you need to be aware of. Here are five ways to prevent such injuries:

Rigging High Shots

When you are dealing with camera arms, they are contraptions with mostly metal and advanced mechanics behind them. They are built to be powerful, not friendly to humans. Keep this in mind, and don't let anyone's body parts get caught between the arm pivot.

Fall Safety

To get the proper lighting, you might need to climb up on top of a building, rock, or platform. This can involve a lot of dangerous situations. If someone takes a fall, it can mean serious injury or death. Use OSHA approved fall protection equipment that straps them in safely and offers a soft landing in the event of a fall.

Proper Footwear

Shooting in certain locations means that you might have to deal with treacherous local terrain. From mud to boulders to uneven footing in general, these obstacles can cause a number of injuries from ankle sprains to nasty falls. Make sure everyone is wearing proper shoes with ankle support at the very least, and bring a first aid injury kit just in case.

Use Camera Tricks for Heavy Objects

Sometimes, to get the perfect shot, you need to hoist a heavy object above subjects. This means that those objects are one slip away from landing on someone and permanently injuring them. To avoid this altogether, use mirrors and perspective manipulation to make it appear as though those objects are above them when in reality they are off-set a safe distance away.

Hire Safety Advisors

Simply reading through the OSHA manual before a shoot is not something that is sufficient to keep everyone from getting injured. When you hire a professional safety advisor, they can point out potentially dangerous shots that might be putting you and others at risk so you can make adjustments.

When it comes to on-location shoots, you need the right approach to ensure that no one gets hurt. If this happens, it can be a legal nightmare. After all, if you do not take the necessary precautions to protect your cast and crew, you could be held legally responsible for any damages they incur. Use the five tips above to ensure that not only is the bottom line protected, but peoples' bodies and livelihoods stay intact for a successful shoot now and after.



Health and Safety Executive


Craig Swapp & Associates