Injury risks workers in the Pennsylvania film industry face

Jul 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Pennsylvania has become a choice location for the filming and production of films. As the industry continues to grow, more residents have access to well-paying entry-level jobs such as:

  • Production assistants (aka runners)
  • Grips
  • Gaffers

You can get into the film industry by securing work in an entry-level position and then climbing the ladder to more responsibility and better pay. Unfortunately, most low-level film crew jobs come with the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.

Electrical hazards

Any work that involves the use of electricity can cause accidents and injuries. Risks include electrocution, burns, contact with live circuits and improper electrical grounding, to name a few.

Prop and equipment hazards

Films use many props and pieces of large, heavy equipment. Workers can face injury from falling props and equipment, getting caught in moving machinery or getting struck by heavy equipment.

Vehicle hazards

The production of filmed entertainment often requires using motor vehicles like cars, trucks, boats and even aircraft. When vehicle accidents occur, workers could suffer significant or life-threatening injuries.

Slip, trip and fall hazards

Nearly all walking surfaces on a film set contain fall hazards. For example, camera cables, electrical wiring and hoist ropes often make floors almost unnavigable without extreme caution. Trips, slips and falls are a leading cause of film set injuries.

Of course, there are many other injury hazards to watch out for on filming locations. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is there to help you minimize the financial and medical hardships associated with on-the-job accidents.

If you suffered an injury while performing your work duties, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. We suggest familiarizing yourself with the process of filing a Pennsylvania claim to ensure success.

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