Importance of Health and Safety in Film and TV

Filming sets can sometimes be dangerous places, and the actors and artists are the ones placed straight in the middle of collisions, falls, and other dangerous stunts. Whether your stars need a simple check-up between filming or medical attention due to a stunt gone wrong, here at Human Touch Ambulance Services we ensure that the best professionals are on site.



When Stunts Go Wrong

Recently, Harrison Ford had potentially deadly accident on set of the most recent Star Wars film. He was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon, caused by health and safety legislation breaches.

In Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis was filming an action scene where his character, John McClane, was firing a gun at a villain while under a table. The noise of a gun going off in such an enclosed space was deafening; Bruce Willis lost more than 65 percent of his hearing in one ear, an injury he’s never recovered from.

Viggo Mortensen was injured several times while filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003). In The Two Towers, Mortensen has a scene where his character, believing his friends to be dead, kicks a helmet. He broke two of his toes in his fifth attempt at kicking the steel helmet towards the camera, which resulted in the pain-filled scream you can hear in the film.

The wince-inducing injury that actor Brad Pitt suffered while filming Se7en (1995) rightly made director David Fincher turn green. In a scene where Brad Pitt’s character is chasing Kevin Spacey’s character in the rain, Pitt fell and his hand smashed through a vehicle’s windscreen. His hand had such a deep cut that the director was able to see Pitt’s bone.



Experienced Medical Professionals on Site

While filming stunts, whether for the big screen or for TV, health and safety is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. No matter how simple or how complex the stunt, here at Human Touch Ambulance Services we provide a specialised and professional service to ensure the health and well-being of everyone involved.

While filming, your crew might need medical advice or a fully crewed paramedic ambulance.  We know that a first aider isn’t enough to cover any eventuality that may occur, either at the studio or at another location.

Our highly skilled services provide fully equipped, experienced, and insured Unit Nurses that you are able to book either daily or for long term use. We also offer NHS qualified, state registered paramedics, 4×4 paramedic units, fully equipped ambulances with the latest technology, and paramedic support units.

We have provided our expert services to game shows, TV productions, Formula One publicity shots, feature films, corporate publicity photo shoots, drag race filming, music videos, and commercials. No matter what scene you’re filming we will deliver our high quality service so that everything goes smoothly and that your artists’ health is covered.

For more information about how we can help provide you the best medical professionals and equipment, contact us on 01778 338 048. Our skilled team is always happy to answer any query you might have!

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