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Minimise risk. Safeguard staff. Protect your production.

1st Option Safety is the UK’s largest health and safety provider for the media and entertainment industry.We support over 500 production companies, venues and events each year, enabling our customers to do what they do best: create ground breaking, inspiring and award-winning content, safely.

Working with our health and safety specialists, you’ll have access to risk management expertise, innovative training and cutting-edge equipment.With support available 24/7, we’ll help you safeguard your staff, comply with production policies, protect your budget and reputation, and meet the fast-paced demands of the industry.

Whether you’re in the studio, out in the field or a remote, high-risk location, we’ll assess your health and safety requirements to minimise risk and ensure that your production is in safe hands.

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Credits

Production Type Year Role
Next of Kin TV 2018 Safety Advisers
The Commuter Film 2018 Safety Advisers
The Crown (Season 2) TV 2017 Safety Advisers
Black Mirror TV 2017 Safety Advisers
Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine TV 2017 High Risk Safety Advisers
Escape TV 2017 Safety Adviser

Team

Name Role Contact Telephone / Mobile
Jamie Fewster Head of Production Safety Services Send a message T: 020 3301 1256
M: 07595 219853
Sarah Fuller Head HR & Operations Manager Send a message

Latest news

Why MEWPs Safety is So Important

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) such as Genie booms, ‘cherry pickers’ and scissor lifts, and Material Handling Equipment (MHE) are commonly used in TV and film production for lighting, set support and other uses.

In a drama production in February this year, two genie booms rigged with 20 x 20 frames on a drama location, were blown over and brought down a third in an unexpected strong gust of wind.

Luckily no one was injured and the production had multiple controls for working with MEWPs in place including:

- Ensuring that exclusion zones were put in place around the machines when elevated;
- Checks on operators to ensure that they were suitably trained;
- Operating the MEWPs in line with manufacturers guidelines and best industry practice;
- Use of hand held anemometers to monitor wind speeds;
- Checking the expected weather and wind speeds the day before shooting;
- Frames were rigged by competent and experienced riggers using accepted working practises.

The incident was investigated by the HSE who decided not to prosecute in this case, but several key lessons were identified in the investigation and additional measures have been put in place by the production for future shoots using MEWPs.

We advise all productions and clients to do the same. The key points are:

Specific limits – the safe working limits for the specific MEWP/MHE being used must be known and adhered to. This should include the reduced wind speeds when items such as frames are attached. This information is available from manufacturers for some models, but not for others so you need to ensure your use is safe and be able to demonstrate that in the event of an accident.

Weather Information – when MEWP/MHEs are being used in exterior locations detailed information on expected wind conditions should be obtained over and above the normal reporting for production call sheets.  Attention should also be paid to how wind is affected around large buildings.

Monitoring of wind speeds – when lifts are elevated wind speeds must be monitored from the highest and most prominent point rather than at ground level. This should be done using an anemometer that can be mounted on the platform and then read from the ground rather than using hand held devices at ground level.

Sufficient crew – enough crew should be available at all times to lower the MEWPs quickly if the wind increases.

Wind Speed Recording – productions should have a way of recording wind speed on a regular basis by using a Wind Speed register or similar system. Daily records should be kept identifying times when the equipment was lowered as a precaution due to wind. These instances should also be notified to senior management.

If you require more advice on the safe use of MEWP/MHEs or working at height, please get in touch.

Take Control of Flight Safety with ‘Drone Assist’

Released at the end of the 2016, safety app ‘Drone Assist’ is currently assisting thousands of drone operators to carry out thier flights safely.

The App’s primary purpose is to help drone pilots fly responsibly and safely. It does this by assisting with pilots with flight plans and preparations ahead of time for locations in the UK.

There are also of course elements that are useful for productions as well.

In particular, the Area Reports feature provides users with a visual ‘Red/Amber/Green’ scoring mechanism. This allows for a quick and easy way to see a real-time summary of hazards in a particular area when viewing the map.

These include ground hazards such as the location of pylons and high wires, as well areas that may have additional privacy concerns such as schools and prisons. These summaries are categorised as High Risk (red), Medium Risk/Caution (amber) or Fly Safe: Follow Drone Code (green).

Weather information was added to the app in 2017, allowing pilots to view the latest weather conditions, as well as a forecast for the next hour.

‘Drone Assist’ is available on iPhone, iPad and Android.

How we can help you

If you have an upcoming production involving the deployment or management of drones, please get in touch . Drone legislation is becoming a mine field to navigate through and we can assist with any queries or risk assessments.

We also provide safety training for the deployment of drones in productions, email Saffron.Bryant@1stoptionsafety.com for more details.