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Crane Safety in Film and TV: What Do You Need to Know?

Crane Safety

What Do You Need to Know About Crane Safety in Film and TV?

The use of mobile cranes in film and TV can be really useful; they’re great for getting those difficult height shots and can also help with shooting stunt scenes. However, they do come with some safety risks and there are rules that should be followed when using them. Below, we’ve shared our top crane safety tips for using cranes in film or TV.

No Training? Then no Crane Operating.

Our first crane safety tip is to never let someone that is not trained operate a crane. It takes skill and experience to be able to effectively operate a crane. You should also ensure that there is nothing to divert the operator’s attention away from the crane as this can create serious hazards.


In addition to having a trained operator, you should also have a trained supervisor. The supervisor can help to guide the operator and tell them what they need to do. They can also look out for any potential hazards.

Does It Work?

Our third crane safety tip is to ensure that the crane is in full working order. The trained operator should make full checks around the whole crane. If there are any faults with the crane, these need to be fixed as soon as possible before operating the crane. If you’re planning to use the crane for stunt scenes, ensuring it’s in full working order is even more important for safety.

Create Space

Cranes are big pieces of equipment and although mobile cranes are great to move around due to how portable they are, they still need space. Ensure that you have enough space to assemble, dismantle and manoeuvre the crane. Also, make sure that there are no other pieces of equipment or props in the way of the crane that could potentially affect the operation.



To find out more information about crane safety or about using cranes in film and TV, get in touch with the team at NMT Film & TV Crane Hire. Give us a call on 01753 785351 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get in touch.