Thursday, January 17, 2013

Production Company Safety

Production companies have very unique safety issues. One of the most important is keeping the crew and actors safe. Production companies often use senior citizens and the disabled as part of the overall production. Some of your productions may include children as well. You will need to make sure you have looked at and manage the special needs of all these groups. Managing the special needs of these group increases the need for general set safety. Here are some general safety tips.
  • Have at least one crew who is trained in first aid, and have a first aid kit handy
  • Observe strictly the producing company/venue’s workplace policies in respect of:
           1. children in the workplace, including when they are part of a performance
           2. animals, including pets (but excluding companion animals) in the workplace
  • Ensure that the systems, ropes, slings, barrels, safety chains, etc are in good order
  • Appropriate fire extinguishers must be available
  • Don’t remove safety guards from and equipment
  • Keep all areas clean
  • Hold safety meetings with the crew to review safety concerns
  • Containers shall be provided for collection and separation of all refuse
  • Lighting equipment likely to reach high temperature shall be suitably guarded with a clearance maintained from flexible cords to prevent overheating
  • Don’t allow smoking on the set
  • At no time shall any illegal drug/s be brought into or consumed in the working environment
  • Make sure cables and other wiring is not in places where they can cause trips and falls.

These are in no means all the safety guidelines you must follow. Safety should be the responsibility of everyone engaged on the film or TV production.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Entertainment Equipment Insurance

Production companies have made a significant investment in lighting, costumes, cameras and props. The entertainment industry has specific needs which often require a customized insurance program. Your ongoing success depends on having the kind and quality of equipment your customers need. If equipment inventory is damaged or destroyed, your customer base and bottom line could suffer. We work to learn the unique exposures and risks associated with your entertainment company. We then work hand in hand with you to develop and design an insurance program to meet your specific needs
One way to avoid this kind of loss is to purchase appropriate Entertainment Equipment Insurance. John Hart Insurance specializes in providing insurance to the film industry. Some of the equipment you should consider insuring is:
  • Editing Production Equipment
  • Recording Studio Equipment
  • Location Recording Equipment
  • Musical Instruments/Band Equipment
  • Camera Production Equipment
  • Rented Equipment
  • Wardrobes

Entertainment Equipment Insurance provides all risk coverage, subject to policy terms. Coverage is designed to repair or replace lost or damaged property.

John Hart insurance can also provide coverage for:
  • Reshooting your lost or damaged data or film stock
  • Production office
  • Rented vehicles
  • Rented props, rented sets, rented wardrobe
  • Cast

Please call me for more information.