Safety for Sarah

In Memory of Sarah Jones

 

Since the 2014 death of Camera Assistant Sarah Jones and the injury of several others while working on the Production of Midnight Rider, the entire entertainment industry has recommitted themselves to ensuring that we make the safety of our crews our first priority.

 

Your Right to a Safe Workplace

Too often in the entertainment industry, we see a hazardous situation and fail to address it, either out of fear of reprisal, or a desire to "go the extra mile."   But it is critical we look out for each other and ourselves before tragic consequences ensue. 

If you see something, say something.

The OSHA Act says you have the right to a safe and healthful workplace.  OSHA wants employers and employees to work together to identify and mitigate hazards.

If you become aware of a hazardous situation, whether on set or in your workplace, whether it directly involves you are your co-workers, it is time to take action. 

  1. If a hazard is an immediate danger, first clear others from the area.
  2. Report the hazard to your employer
  3. Report the hazard to Local 871 (busness hours: 818-509-7871, after hours 818-618-9871)
  4. Report the hazard to the IATSE Hotline (844-422-9273)

 

Practice Safe Sets

  • Take the Hotel Room
  • Take the Ride
  • Hold a Safety Meeting
  • Call the Hotline

 

From Cal/OSHA:

You have the right to refuse hazardous work. It is illegal for your employer to punish you for refusing to perform hazardous work if both of the following are true:

  • Performing the work would violate a Cal/OSHA health or safety regulation.
  • The violation would create a “real and apparent hazard to you or your coworkers."

When these conditions are met, you have the right to refuse to perform the work. But before you refuse, you should take the following steps:

  • Tell your supervisor about the hazard and ask that it be corrected.
  • Explain that you are willing to continue working if the hazard is corrected or you are assigned other work that is safe.
  • State that you believe a health or safety regulation is being violated.
  • Contact your union shop steward, if you have one.
  • If the problem is not fixed, call Cal/OSHA and file a complaint.

CSATTF Safety Hotline Directory

888-772-3359 (888-7SAFELY)

Call to search for the number of any studio's safety department (or see list below)

Workplace Accident or Illness "To Do" Card

Instructions for Registering for Safety Pass Training


Cal/OSHA

To contact Cal/OSHA regarding an emergency or to report an accident, unsafe working conditions or safety health violations, please call 1(866) 924-9757, press or say 2 for Cal/OSHA then enter your zip code to find the district office serving your job location.

Information on filing a complaint can be accessed at their website: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/

Health and Safety Rights for Workers


Studio Anonymous Hotline Numbers

Studio Number
ABC/Walt Disney 800-832-3389
CBS 818-655-6078
DreamWorks 818-733-6500
HBO 877-742-3044
MGM/UA 800-631-5975
NBC/Universal 818-777-2153
Paramount 323-956-8955
Prospect 800-699-4870
Sony 888-883-7233
Turner Broadcasting  404-878-8774
20th Century Fox 310-369-3000
Warner Bros. 818-954-2800