Film Production Insurance & Mechanical Devices / Articulated Set Safety

Posted by David Hamilton on Dec 10, 2012 9:42:00 AM

If a mechanical device or an articulated set is used in a production, the film insurance cost can be minimized if the production company ensures that:

1.            The device or set is capable of safely performing the functions for which it is used

2.            Workers operate the device or set in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, safe work practices, and the requirements of the Regulation

3.            The device or set is properly inspected, tested or maintained

If a production company requires that a mechanical device or articulated set to be created for a production, the production company is considered the supplier of that device or set. As a supplier, the production company must provide directions for the safe use of the device or set and must ensure that the device or set is safe when used as specified. Such directions could be developed in consultation with a qualified person such as a professional engineer.

specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please call us if you have any questions.

The above information is  based on WorkSafe – Focus on Safety – Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (2001 edition)

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Film Production Companies and Camera Cars: Reducing the Risk

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 26, 2012 5:42:00 PM

The camera car should  be engineered specifically for film and television production. The insert-camera car operator has the authority to suspend operation of the vehicle if they believe the vehicle is unsafe in any way.

General Guidelines – Follow these safety requirements when working with insert-camera cars:

  • Inspect the car – including the brakes, tires, electrical system, and towing equipment – before and after each use
  • Qualified, experienced workers must rig the car
  • When using an insert-camera car at night, install two portable tail lights on the towing vehicle
  • Do not transport crew members or equipment not directly needed for the shot sequence
  • Do not ride on the tow bar or on the exterior of the towed vehicle. Crew members may ride on a towed camera platform specifically designed for this type of work, as long as they use the necessary restraints and harnesses.
  • In most cases, insert-camera cars require a police escort during operation

 

A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

 

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

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Risk Assessments for Film Productions

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 20, 2012 1:44:00 PM

Most workplace injuries and diseases can be prevented by identifying and dealing with potential workplace hazards and unsafe work practices.

 

Q. When do you need to conduct a risk assessment?

 

A.  For each potentially hazardous activity or situation involved in your production. Ie.

  • Stunts
  • Special Effects
  • Water work
  • Helicopters, Fixed-wing aircraft, and gliders
  • Exotic or domestic animals and reptiles
  • Potentially hazardous location

 

Conducting Risk Assessments – 3 basic steps

 

  1. Identify potential hazards and unsafe work practices
  2. Assess the risks associated with the potential hazards or unsafe work practices
  3. Deal with the potential hazards or unsafe work practices

Remember: Write your risk assessments on paper, that way they can be attached to call sheets and used as a reference in case they are needed at a later date.

A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please call us if you have any questions.

The above information is  based on WorkSafe – Focus on Safety – Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (2001 edition)

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Film Production Companies and Lighting Safety

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 19, 2012 11:05:00 AM

Lighting – Set up  Film Set Lighting Safely

 

  • Use appropriate fall protection equipment when setting up lighting
  • Ensure that all lighting fixtures are supported so that they will not fall ie. Use safety wire or chain to suspend fixtures
  • Ensure that all lighting stands are property weighted with sandbags
  • Cover arc-type lamps such as HMIs in wet weather to prevent rain from entering the unit and ballast
  • When using open-faced lighting units, provide protection from shrapnel in case the bulb explodes
  • Ensure that scaffolds or other metal grids that are used to support the lighting are grounded
  • Before using any grounded equipment, test for continuity between the ground pin on the plug and the metal parts of the lighting equipment
  • Before relamping or repairing a light, turn it off and disconnect it from the power source.

 

A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please call us if you have any questions.

The above information is  based on WorkSafe – Focus on Safety – Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (2001 edition)

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Call Sheets Help Reduce Film Production Insurance Costs

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 14, 2012 5:44:00 PM

Daily Call Sheets are a useful way to alert cast and crew to potential hazards for that day’s shooting schedule, and to inform them about which safety precautions they might need to take.  Film Insurance underwriters appreciate the risk management component of a call sheet and take this protocol into consideration when assessing the film insurance risk of a film production.

The following should be included on Call Sheets:

  • Scheduled stunts
  • Any special effects that will be used
  • Scheduled use of firearms
  • Potential hazards specific to the location
  • Any required personal protective clothing and equipment and how workers can get it
  • The name, contact number, and location of the first aid attendant
  • The location of the first aid kit or facility
  • The location of the nearest hospital or emergency facility
  • Any other health and safety concerns that the cast and crew need to be aware of

 

Safety guidelines should be attached to call sheets ie. If any special effects are to be used on the set, then a safety guideline should be attached specific to the type of special effects that will used. For example, if you are shooting near a thoroughfare with lots of traffic, it may be useful to add notes about this on the call sheet. What are the weather conditions like? Will the crew require special footwear or clothing for extreme temperature? What about sunscreen or hydration requirements?

Along this line of thought, it is important to include information such as the nearest hospital, along with any other emergency numbers that are specific to your location.

Have you thought about:

Putting up safety posters in common areas around the set location as a reminder to pay attention to certain hazards around the workplace and certain locations ie. Aerial filming etc.

A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please call us if you have any questions.

The above information is  based on WorkSafe – Focus on Safety – Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (2001 edition)

 

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Film Insurance Brokers: Proper Licensing Protects Your Production

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 4, 2012 1:27:00 PM

Did you know:

  • Your Film broker must be licensed in each province that they place business in?
  • There are penalties for conducting business as a Film Insurance broker in a province in which one is not licensed?
  • There are potential consequences for a broker’s client if their broker isn’t properly licensed?

 

Each province has it’s own Insurance Act. Each province is in charge of enforcing the rules according to their unique Act. Given that the auto market within each Province has separate laws and regulations, insurance will be governed by separate rules within each Province

If a broker is found in violation of a Provincial Insurance Broker Act, they will potentially face not only fines and possible imprisonment, but also have their credibility and reputation tarnished.

An insurance company could reject a claim on the basis that the broker wasn’t properly licensed. Make sure the Film Insurance Broker you are dealing with is licensed in the province where you have incorporated your film production company.

Front Row is a specialized Film Insurance Broker that is licensed and registered in all Canadian provinces.

 

 

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Earthquakes & Film Production: Prepare an Emergency Kit before the Quake

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 1, 2012 5:34:00 PM

In an emergency, you’ll need some basic supplies, and you may need to get by without power or tap water.    Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure that your kit is easily accessible and easy to carry, and that designated staff and crew know where to access the kit(s).

 

Basic Emergency Kit Checklist: 

  • Water – at least 2 litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be easily carried.
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries).
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries).
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Keys to offices.
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information.

 

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Earthquakes & Film Production: Make an Emergency Plan before the Quake

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 1, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Film Production Insurance and Earthquakes: It is important to make an Emergency Plan before the Earth Moves 

  • Discuss what could happen on the film set and in the film production office should an earthquake strike.
  • Make a list of what needs to be done ahead of time, and store important documents ie. financial documents and  insurance policies in waterproof containers.
  • Refer http://www.frontrowinsurance.com/new-media/
  • Appoint an appropriate out of town contact that can act as a central point of contact in an emergency.
  • Write down and exercise the plan at least once a year

 

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Earthquakes and Film Production: What to do After the Earth Moves

Posted by David Hamilton on Oct 30, 2012 10:59:00 AM

 

  • Stay calm and help others if you’re able to.
  • Listen to radio, or check the internet for information from authorities.
  • Check your production office and studio set for structural damage and other hazards. If you suspect anything is unsafe, do not re-enter.
  • Unplug appliances and broken lights to prevent fires when the power is restored.
  • Do not light matches or turn on light switches until you are sure that there are no gas leaks or flammable liquids spilled.

 

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Film Production Insurance and the Re-use of Hard Drives

Posted by David Hamilton on Oct 29, 2012 12:51:00 PM

Film Productions re-use hard drives all the time and this is OK provided they are duplicating and sending one copy to the post facility. The post facility is then supposed to copy onto an editing suite hard drive and then check the footage. If the footage is OK the producer usually deletes the camera hard drive and reuses.

Most film productions follow this protocol; however, if the production company is  erasing the hard drive before a positive post report is received from the post production facility they could be risking their footage.

Using  re-used drives shouldn't be a problem provided duplicates of the footage are being made.

If the work flow is different from the above we recommend asking your film insurance broker to confirm that the coverage is in force.

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