March 15, 2024 | Becky Marambio

Does the Entertainment Industry Need Root Cause Analysis?

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Accidents and injuries in the entertainment industry happen. When you think about the high-risk nature of productions, it’s no surprise. One can quickly identify factors that lead to incidents including dangerous stunts, specialized equipment, long working hours, and demanding schedules. Some examples include an accidental shooting on “Rust” movie set, and a rigger who died on the set of a Marvel movie.

I have a lot of questions about this. Who are people in the safety roles in the entertainment industry? And what about all the other ones we don’t hear about in the national news, especially if not considered severe? And how many near-miss events? What safeguards are in place for anyone on a production set?

There is a way to keep entertainment industry workers safe.

As the TapRooT® experts in root cause analysis, we have a systematic process to find the real root causes of accidents/incidents/near misses.  The TapRooT® process provides investigators the questions to ask to find the root cause of what happened.

TapRooT® provides consistent data so you can track and trend past incidents. That would be a great way to track improvements needed in the entertainment industry regarding safety.

What level of corrective actions are done to fix any safety issues? See the following article about the “Rust” shooting.

NBC News on Oct 27, 2022

“In April, New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau imposed the maximum fine against Rust Movie Productions and distributed a scathing narrative of safety failures, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires of blank ammunition on set prior to the fatal shooting.

Rust Movie Productions told safety regulators that misfires prior to the fatal shooting of Hutchins did not violate safety protocols and that “appropriate corrective actions were taken,” including briefings of cast and crew.”

This is a very weak corrective action (briefing cast to be more careful). The TapRooT® process provides guidance on effective corrective actions. Consider putting additional safeguards in place to protect workers in the entertainment industry.

Maybe the entertainment industry needs to consider adopting a consistent root cause analysis process to limit these needless injuries/fatalities to occur. TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis!

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