Golden rules of safety

Golden rules of safety

The following safety rules apply to all projects filming in our locations, regardless of their size, scale or ambition.  These rules are non-negotiable and will help you understand what can and can't be considered when filming with us.

Arrival

  • All crew must wear the correct PPE, suitable for the site and activity.  In stations, all crew must wear high-visibility vests as a minimum
  • All crew are required to sign-in and receive a safety induction or briefing in advance (for large groups, the safety briefing can be arranged in advance)
  • All crew issued with ID cards or passes must display these at all times while working in our location and must produce them upon demand by any station personal, security staff or member of the British Transport Police (BTP).

Safe Distances

  • All personnel and equipment must be at least 1.5m away from all platform edges.  Distances may increase dependent on the activity
  • All personnel and equipment must be at least 3.0m away from all overhead electric equipment.  Distances may increase dependent on the activity
  • When filming on or near station platforms, activity must cease and crew and equipment must be withdrawn as trains arrive, are announced on departure boards, or are about to depart
  • No personnel or equipment must ever overhang the edge of a balcony, bridge or elevated walkway
  • No equipment in use on platforms can be above head height (on large projects, exceptions may be made but only after discussion at technical recce stage pending risk assessments).

Equipment / Storage

  • All electrical equipment must be Portable Appliance Tested (PAT)
  • Booms (sound, or otherwise) cannot be used on station platforms
  • Cameras are not permitted to be operated on either escalators or staircases 
  • Dollies may be used but track is not permitted unless you are operating in a locked off location or closed set
  • Spotters / back watchers are required for all moving camera shots (e.g. handheld /steadicam)
  • No petrol generators can be used (on large projects it may be possible to use other portable generators on site, but only after discussion at technical recce stage and pending risk assessments)
  • Where ladders are permitted (subject to a risk assessment) they must be made of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
  • Equipment must be kept together and manned or guarded at all times.  Any failure to do so may result in the property being removed and destroyed by the BTP
  • Equipment must never block emergency exits or escape routes
  • All items of equipment must be secured so they cannot fall over causing a hazard to any approaching train, or onto pedestrian routes
  • Equipment compounds need to be agreed in advance
  • Equipment, trolleys and magliners etc. must be barriered around with retractable belt (TENSA) barriers when on platforms;  TENSA / Chapter 8 Orange barriers in all other areas
  • All trolleys and magliners must be braked or have wheels chocked when not being moved.

Lighting / Cabling

  • The positioning of lighting and reflectors must be agreed in advance and directed away from platforms, trains and signals.  Lights must always be flagged or diffused
  • Equipment must be battery powered with no trailing cables (on large projects it may be possible to use cabled equipment, but only after discussion at technical recce stage and pending risk assessments)
  • Access to local power can only be arranged in advance, by booking a Network Rail electrician.

Manual Handling

  • All equipment must be carried with one arm free at all times
  • Any ladders or large items must be carried horizontally by two persons.  Remember the head height rule
  • Two persons (one at each end) are required when pushing trolleys or magliners.

British Transport Police (BTP)

  • If you, or members of your crew see anything suspicious you must immediately inform a member of staff or the BTP.  In an emergency always call 999.

Other

  • All bin liners must be clear and transparent. No black, white or other coloured liners can be used. Regular roving collections of waste are preferred, but pop-up bins can be used as long as they are manned or guarded at all times. Any failure to do so may result in the bins being removed and destroyed by the BTP
  • No Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) can be permitted on site
  • Requests to alter fixtures or fittings or signage must be made and agreed in advance. No permission will be given on the day. Under no circumstances should any attempt be made to blank or obscure any safety signs, railway or other signals, or otherwise interfere with equipment provided for safety.