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The National Film and Television School was recently prosecuted for two offences against the Health & safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 over an incident where a woman, working as a volunteer costume designer, fell from an unguarded platform edge on the set. The School pleaded guilty to both counts, and was fined £17,500 with costs of £4,787.
The incident, which happened in September 2008, left the 34 year old woman permanently paralysed from the waist down and in chronic pain. After the hearing a spokesman for the HSE stated that the incident was preventable, and that a variety of methods may be used to prevent people and objects falling on theatre sets. “It could be as simple as having edge protection at the end of a platform, or having safety restraint harnesses attached to people.”
Edge-Safe could have played a preventative role in these particular circumstances although was not yet on the market at the time. Edge-Safe is now another tool in the armoury of duty holders charged with ensuring that theatre and film sets are as safe as reasonably practicable before and during productions.
Edge-Safe Ltd is delighted to announce that Edge-Safe was awarded the ABTT’s prestigious “Widget Product of the Year” Award for 2011. The judges felt that Edge-Safe can make a significant contribution to safety in theatres by providing a low profile barrier to stop wheeled items like flight cases and Tallescopes falling from the front edge of the stage as well as protecting Performers and Crew.
Click here to see the full list of the ABTT Awards in 2011
We’d also like to take the opportunity to congratulate those entrants who received honourable mentions: Flints Theatrical Supplies for their Supertool Ratchet Handle, Pretzi for the Vortes and Alvio safety helmets, and AAP for their kit to improve the safety of their Tallescopes.
Edge-Safe the “new” stage safety product will exhibit for the first time at the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)’ 2011 Theatre Show. The Show will take place on 13 and 14 June at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.