The Mark Milsome Foundation - Film and TV Online Safety Passport Course

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When Things Go Wrong

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An injury can affect not only the crew or cast member at that moment but can result in disability, the end of a career, a loss of income, loss of a family home. If things do go wrong, those in a position of responsibility could end up under investigation, leading to prosecution, criminal record, fines, loss of reputation, employment and earnings.

A first aid risk assessment must be undertaken for each scout and each shoot day to inform the production and advise what first aid support is required, how many first aiders are needed on a day to day basis and also advise when specific activities take place such as location work - crane work - special effects work - Stunts etc.

Each production is obliged to employ a certain number of crew who are first aiders in addition to a unit nurse. This is a good reason why it is worth you investing in a three day ‘Full First Aid at Work qualification’ or a one day ‘Emergency First Aid Qualification’ course. First Aid support is not a last minute thought, a protocol should be in place and clearly communicated to first aiders to be put into action in the event of an emergency, accident or incident. If you are not qualified in First Aid there are still common sense procedures you can do to help in most situations.

Before carrying out any first aid you must ask permission or consent from the casualty, if they are conscious. Check the area to make sure it is safe to proceed. Assess what type of accident you are being presented with and whether it is something you can cope with. Do not endanger yourself or others, isolate the danger if it is safe to do so. If the casualty refuses help you must step back until they request it. Stay calm, reassure the casualty, focus on the positives, assure them that you are there to help. Contact the ON SITE first aider, either the unit nurse or a member of the crew or call emergency services or do all three depending on the circumstances.

When contacting the emergency services give as much information as you can such as:

a) Location of accident b) Type of Incident. c)  Do you require other services  d)  Number of casualties  e) Extent of injuries  f) Location of casualty. If you do not know how to help, if you are not qualified to help then  DO NO HARM. Remember a 999 operator can advise you and be of more use to you than guessing yourself so talk through any emergency situation with them after giving your location details.

If you want to qualify for a first aid certification that includes CPR you can do so by attending a face to face course and we will give you more information in this course document.  All accidents, big or small need to be recorded in writing after you have made the situation safe. Even potential accidents like a light falling from a lighting rig that didn’t hurt anyone. It still needs to be officially recorded and reported to understand why it happened and to prevent it from happening again.

An accident report should be in writing on a form and shared with the production or company you are working with. Details of how you should file this report should be in the H&S policy, or you can ask your HOD or your Health and Safety representative.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, (RIDDOR regs) is an important piece of legislation and puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in controlled premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences to the local enforcement office.