It seems that there are far too many injuries and accidents around movies and other productions. In our mind one accident or loss is too many. While our agency does not provide safety services, safety should be part of every production. If we can help reduce accidents there will be fewer insurance claims and a more productive work force. Having a comprehensive safety program cannot guarantee your production will be accident free, but it is the right thing to do.
Five Keys to Safety
- Have well written safety procedures for all activates. Know what OSHA requires and then attempt to exceed their standards
- Provide regular training. Safety only works if your crew understands what their roles and responsibilities are.
- Celebrate success. There is nothing better than to complete a production with no accidents or injuries. Provide rewards and celebrate with your crew!
- Make safety more about behavior rather than rules. Effective safety in the entertainment industry is about changing behavior. This attitude must start at the top. Producers and managers must be onboard with creating an environment where safety is valued and appreciated.
- Safety should not be just about following OSHA guidelines, but reducing unsafe behavior and accidents. OSHA guidelines should always be followed, but more important, is that you should have a accident free production. That may take more work than just following OSHA rules.
Safety and insurance when combined is a powerful tool to help production companies reduce losses, minimize accidents and even keep premiums as competitive as possible. John Hart Insurance has over 60 years combined experience in the field of entertainment insurance. We focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies. This knowledge base allows us to structure an insurance program specifically for each client that will be a balance of the best coverage and most economical solutions to help them manage the risks inherent to their unique businesses.