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Health & Safety Guidance

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Grip Dept Req'ts

In the interest of Health and Safety, the Grips Branch have the following requirements for safe working practices within the Grip Department.

1 / Proper Crewing Levels

  • Min. Crew Size for 1 x Camera (with Dolly)

    • 1 x Grip

    • 1 x Trainee

    • 1 x Standby Carpenter

    • 1 x Standby Rigger/Stagehand

    • Each additional camera should have at least 1 x addtl Grip. 

  • Dolly Lifts should be a minimum of 4 people, and 6 for larger dollies, or use suitable lifting equipment and be given the time to do so.

  • All Camera Cranes 30' and UNDER - 1 x Crane Technician and 2 x Grips required + Head Technician for Stabilised Head, if used.

  • All Camera Cranes OVER 30' - 2 x Crane Technicians and 2 x Grips required + Head Technician for Stabilised Head, if used.

  • Off-Road Crane Bases - 1 x Additional Technician.

    • Additional Crane information available here in the ASPEC guidance. 

2 / Use Qualified Crew
  • A Dolly should be operated under the supervision of at least 1 x Level 2 Grip.

  • A Crane should be operated under the supervision of at least 1 x Advanced Level 3 Grip and 1 x Level 2 Crane Technician.

3 / Tracking Vehicles and Car Rigging

1 x Additional Grip required per camera/tracking vehicle
 

  • Tracking Vehicles and Exterior car mounts being used on public roads should be supervised by an Advanced Level 3 Grip, as per the Met Police Guidance 2016 (available here).

  • Tracking Vehicles should be fit for purpose with necessary fixing points for the working load expected.

  • Tracking Vehicles should only be driven by an experienced Precision Driver approved by the Key Grip.

  • All crew travelling on the vehicle should wear harness/seat belt and all cameras and accessories must be fixed with a secondary safety line in case of accident. 
     

Cameras should NOT be placed within the path of a moving vehicle unless it is an un-manned lock off or remotely operated. Crew should not be placed in the path of a moving vehicle, horse, carriage or heavy moving object.

4 / Excessive Working Hours

Excessive Working Hours should be minimised where possible and accommodation requests from the Key Grip & Best Boy Grip should be taken seriously. 

De-rig time must be allowed to prevent rushing. It's been shown that most accidents happen on wrap.

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On 18th November 2017, Mark Milsome was killed on a British run film set in Ghana whilst operating a camera for a stunt that went tragically wrong. The Mark Milsome Foundation was set up in 2018 at the request of Mark's wife, Andra, and at launch the industry witnessed over 4,000 cast & crew wearing Black T-Shirts in Mark's honour. A truly moving event. 

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