New Workplace Safety Measures for Film SetsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 5, 2015 | In Workers Compensation News
The majority of Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) news headlines involve safety hazards at construction sites, factories, and manufacturing plants. There are many other types of workplaces, however, where employees are put in hazardous situations. Some of these industries require additional regulations and oversight to prevent accidents. The film industry, for example, now has a new set of regulations and requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2015.
According to a recent Deadline.com news report, a significant number of film and TV injuries are never reported to the media or to OSHA. In fact, fewer than a dozen stunt and special effects-related injuries have been reported in the last decade. That includes on-set falls and the recent fatal train accident that resulted in the death of a camera assistant working in rural Georgia in February of 2014.
Now, the federal government requires TV and film productions to report injuries to the OSHA. Previously, only deaths and injuries involving three or more workers in an eight-hour period that resulted in hospitalization required reporting. Now, all accidents that require a trip to the hospital will have to be reported to the agency.
Ideally, these new regulations will require the film industry to be more transparent and that transparency will result in a safer workplace. Previously, many injured workers in the industry were told to keep their injuries off the record. Now, they will not have that option. Officials hope that the film and TV industry will take this as motivation to make safety a priority.
We do not know how many film and TV employees have suffered injuries in recent years because so few incidents were reported. Furthermore, it is unclear if the new regulations will result in fewer injuries. In the meantime, if you are injured on the job, make sure you learn about your legal rights and options. Please contact an experienced Van Nuys workers’ compensation lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases.