Category Archives: Safe working practices

Busy industry = unsafe industry?

An Australian study has revealed that economic growth following a period of recession has an impact on workplace injuries. This is particularly interesting in two respects for us at Bectu. The issue of skills fade in theatre and live events … Continue reading

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Halyna Hutchins – the latest film set tragedy

The BBC is rightly focusing on Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died when reporting the incident involving Alec Baldwin and a prop gun in the latest tragedy on a film set. Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died when Alec Baldwin … Continue reading

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Vaccinated or a negative CoViD test – new guidance in Wales

From Monday 11th October new rules came into force in Wales requiring people attending large events and nightclubs (or similar premises) to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test. You can read guidance here … Continue reading

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Shift-working and disrupted patterns of rest – a research round-up

Thanks to Siobhan Wray, an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at Lincoln University for a useful roundup of research resources on this, including…. A systematic review of shift work and nurses’ health: This – ‘Working Time Society consensus statements: Evidence-based … Continue reading

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Eva Wiseman in The Observer

I thought I’d posted this earlier in the week but it seems I missed it. There’s a very good round-up of the many issues facing people working in film and TV from Eva Wiseman in The Observer. It draws heavily upon … Continue reading

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Highway Code updated – new penalties for being too tired to drive

Every UK driver could face ‘unlimited fines’ under new sleeping law. (Manchester Evening News) This should be of interest to all Bectu members working in production, as well as being useful evidence in support of the campaign we are running … Continue reading

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IATSE go back into talks with AMPTP following overwhelming strike mandate

Following the overwhelming support given to a strike ballot, and a slew of pressure from Californian and New York politicos, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) are now headed back into talks with The Alliance of Motion Picture … Continue reading

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Personal Injury case demonstrates the value of union membership

Thompsons are reporting a successful PI claim on behalf of a Bectu member who sustained serious injuries working on on exhibition in Germany. Anthony Brookes secured more than £158,000 in compensation with the help of his union and Thompsons. You … Continue reading

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Sir Roger Deakins and others confront Hollywood over cinematographers’ long workdays

From the British Cinematographer website: “Hollywood cinematographers have signed a letter urging the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to address “the hazards of unsafe working hours” that have plagued the industry for decades.” Quoting from the Deadline … Continue reading

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Plaza guide warns of ‘skills fade’ in safety-critical live events roles

The National Rigging Advisory Group has published a briefing on the dangers of ‘skills fade’ [pdf] as people return to work in theatre and live events – many of whom have been off the tools for nearly 18 months. “Prolonged … Continue reading

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“No-one should die for a shot.” Mark Milsome update

In November 2017, Mark Milsome – a Camera Operator – died after being hit by a Land Rover when a stunt went wrong. He had been working on the Netflix and BBC drama Black Earth Rising. His father, Doug Milsome … Continue reading

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Best places to work in TV?

Broadcast does an awards thing – here. Looking after staff’s mental health, creating the right work-life balance, & making sure staff are treated fairly in terms of inclusivity and diversity are just some attributes that make up the best workplace. … Continue reading

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TUC webinar on safe working restrictions

The TUC are encouraging people to sign up for their national webinar on the 28th July, which is focused on organising to keep work safe as restrictions end. The government has said social distancing and face coverings are no longer … Continue reading

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Unenforceable employment rights in film & TV

TUC have authored a guide to enforcing workplace rights here (it’s an MS Word doc that downloads instantly). There are two obvious ones in film & TV that we’d like to be considered in any updates. The 11-hour break between … Continue reading

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File of Four (BBC Radio 4) bullying survey details.

BBC bullying survey (as featured in the recent File on Four programme). This is a survey that was promoted by Bectu in June 2021. Details of the results are below (raw data is the property of the BBC and can … Continue reading

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TUC report on labour market enforcement

A May 2021 TUC report into non-compliance with labour market regulations is available here. Here’s the takeaway: “To put it bluntly, our labour market enforcement system is under-resourced. There are not enough labour market inspectors to investigate and enforce breaches … Continue reading

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Covid deaths at work – comprehensive TUC round-up

It is likely that the official figures – 216 occupational Covid deaths worthy of investigation – is falling well short of the true number of fatalities following work-related Covid transmission. Here.

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A few useful Health & Safety guides

There are some useful HSE documents on safe-working covering general work in audiovisual production, noise at work in music and entertainment, and the use of explosives and pyrotechnics in SFX – you can find the links to all of these … Continue reading

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