December 28, 2016

7 Safety Tips That Will Help Make Your Set More Secure

When it comes to working on sets, your #1 priority should be safety.

Film sets are crawling with potentially dangerous equipment, like hot lights, wires, and surging electricity. Misusing any of these things can lead to some pretty serious situations, which is why it's important to know how to make your set as secure as possible. In this video by Aputure, DP Blake Brown shares 7 safety tips that will make your cast, crew, and set a whole lot safer. Check it out below:

Shooting a film can get pretty crazy, especially if you're working on a bigger production. You've got tons of people running around with lots of stuff—some of them with sharp stuff, some of them with hot stuff, some of them with heavy stuff—so keeping your workspace in order is incredibly important. And keeping your set as organized as possible will not only keep your cast and crew safe, it'll help make your set more efficient, too.

Here are the 7 tips Brown mentions in the video:

  • Tech scout: Always tech scout your locations. Locate potential hazards, power sources, and escape routes in case of an emergency. If you don't know what to look for during a tech scout, this free check list will help you.
  • Locate and separate your circuits: You don't want to blow a fuse by plugging too much stuff in at once.
  • Locate breaker box: Just in case you do blow one, it's good to know where the breaker box is before all the lights go out.
  • Be fire marshall compliant: Make sure there is a safe way to exit the building if there's an emergency. So, don't block exits or doorways, and always make sure there is at least 2 feet of space along your emergency route.
  • Manage and organize cables: Pretty simple: tape down all of your cables so people don't trip on them.
  • Communicate with your crew: Whether you're rounding a corner carrying a C-stand or spot a potential hazard, it's always a good idea to communicate with your crew clearly and often.
  • Use a C-stand correctly: C-stands fly some potentially dangerous stuff, like heavy, hot lights, so learn how to use one properly so it doesn't tip or trip anyone. We have plenty of articles on how to do it here.

What are some other safety tips for working on a film set? Let us know in the comments below.     

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I'd also say bring a headlamp and always move deliberately, especially at the end of the day. If you're tired, not paying attention and moving fast people can get hurt. Better to be half an hour over than send someone to the hospital.

December 28, 2016 at 11:04PM, Edited December 28, 11:04PM

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Dan Lee
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Tape down your cables? Every set I've ever been on, that's a quick way to get yelled at.

December 29, 2016 at 11:49AM

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Robert Schmeltzer
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Huh! Different strokes. Every set I've ever been on, not taping down your cables is a quick way to get yelled at.

December 29, 2016 at 8:14PM

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Minor Mogul
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December 30, 2016 at 5:31PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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-Lack of sleep kills. I know several crew members who have wrecked their cars due to lack of sleep. A couple required long hospitalizations and nearly ended their careers. I see too many rookies and indies touting their 15 hour work day as a badge of honor. More often, it's a badge of stupidity and poor planning.

-Drink less. A beer or 4 after every shoot day is a beloved tradition on many productions. It can have a cumulative effect related to my first point though. People move slower and are less sharp day after day. I've noticed the heaviest drinkers also seem the most accident and injury prone, even if they're not buzzed while working.

-Work out. Strength training off-set will not only build your muscles but improve your coordination leading to fewer slips, trips, falls, sprains, and strains on-set. There's dozens more mental and physical benefits, but I'll leave it at that.

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