Every year, film production crews see dozens of work-related injuries. So many of these incidents are caused by negligence and could be prevented. Filmmakers are encouraged to take risks, but these risks can lead to injury, derailing their shooting schedules. These injuries can end careers, and occasionally, end someone’s life.
Every worker deserves a safe work environment. Too often, Southern California workers toil away in hazardous conditions. The results can be disastrous. If you or a loved one has sustained a work-related injury—act fast and contact the Los Angeles workers comp attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach.
Weight is the first hazard on this list because it accounts for the most accidents on film sets. Movies and TV shows have plenty of heavy props to lift and move, it only takes a slight miscalculation to injure yourself in any number of ways.
Practicing safe lifting practices helps avoid back or knee injuries, and muscle strains. Do not be a hero, let someone help with the torque or use machinery to move heavy objects.
Filmmaking needs light and electricity to power the equipment. That is why electricity surges up to the second spot on this list. Technology has made equipment lighter and more energy-efficient, but the old and damaged equipment is still around with exposed wires and unprotected power sources waiting to electrocute unsuspecting workers.
The best way to avoid getting zapped or electrocuted—stay away from the problematic power sources unless you are certified to handle or work on them.
Falls are one of the most common production accidents. Crewmembers are consistently falling off ladders, lifts, scaffolds, towers, rooftops, or other high stuff. Even the most cautious people can get caught up in the excitement of the set and take uncharacteristic chances that lead to injury.
Climbing should be a two-person job, always have a spotter when you leave the ground. Use the right tools. If you are stretching to reach things or standing on top-toes, use a longer ladder.
Filmmaking can be a grueling process. You should take the opportunity to rest, or fatigue will set in. Your senses will dull. Your normal motor skills will become impaired. You do not assess risk as an alert person would.
Filmmakers become used to working in this daze, but once rested, you can enlist creative problem-solving tactics. You are more aware of your surroundings and better able to maintain safe work environments.
Filmmakers and production crews aspire to make something new in as little time as possible. Amid all this contagious energy, people lose themselves and feel like the safety rules no longer apply. Dangerous situations will undoubtedly arise.
One lapse of judgment can lead to a work-related accident that leaves you struggling to earn a living and secure your future.
For more than 40 years, the Los Angeles workers compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach have helped many workers recover the proper compensation to account for: