Like any workplace, a video or film production set can be filled with work hazards if you’re not careful. If it’s your first time working on a professional set, you might be surprised at the level of care they take to make sure everything is safe for all the people involved in the production.
If you’re a video production company and running your own set, you might want to keep these tips closely to make sure your set is also safe, not just for you, but for all of your team.
Always Acquaint Yourself and Your Crew with The Proper Roles
This is challenging for filmmakers who are used to doing multiple roles at once. But the moment you step out and work with a crew, you will be working with other people, meaning more possibilities of injuries.
The reason for having a crew is so each one has a specific role they fulfill. It minimizes people from running around the set trying to fulfill several jobs at once. Imagine if your film crew is limited and you have to do everything, from setting up the cameras, lighting, testing the audio, managing the client and so many more. The safety then takes a backseat which creates hazards.
Use Elevators When Possible
Stairs and heavy equipment don’t mix, especially in a video production set. When working on a commercial or corporate video, or whenever you’re shooting on location, always make sure to use the elevator when transporting heavy equipment like cameras or lights.
Taking the stairs might be healthier, but it’s easy to pull a muscle, stumble or slip when you’re carrying heavy equipment with you. Also, make it a rule for everyone NOT to run when carrying heavy or expensive gear with them.
Make Use of Dollies and Carts When Hauling Gear
Don’t underestimate the weight of your equipment. This is especially true when you have a higher-end setup. Invest or rent out carts and dollies to make transporting easier from one location to another. You can use dedicated trucks or specific transportation tools for this purpose. Doing so will also help save you time from the backbreaking work of hauling the gear yourself.
Make Sure Those Stray Wires Are Taped Down
Nothing makes a set extra dangerous than loose wires hanging around. That’s why right after setting up everything, make sure that all those wires are taped securely. Use Gaff tape and don’t skimp on it. Yes, it can be expensive but an injury on the set would be more expensive to you.
Always Have Insurance
Having insurance should be a necessity. Every high-end gear and equipment (camera, tripods, lights etc.) you have should be covered by it. It’s also crucial that your crew are insured on the set as well. There’s nothing worse than having an on set serious injury then realizing how much it will cost to foot the bill since if you’re running the show, you’re responsible for it.
Have A Proper Schedule
Stress, fatigue and overexertion are a major cause of accidents for many workers. It’s also no different when on a film or production set. You want to eliminate this ahead of time by making sure there’s a proper schedule for work and rest. Don’t force your crew or yourself to work at an unreasonable pace, otherwise you’ll quickly find yourself in the middle of a mess. Respect your crew and yourself when on a film set at all times.
Handling an entire production crew means not only having good managing skills, it means being responsible for everyone’s safety. Adopting the basic tips above will go a long way to ensuring you run a smooth, safe and productive set.