The death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones continues to spark a safety movement in Hollywood. Today the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) launched their own “ICG Safety” app designed to help members anonymously report unsafe working conditions on film and TV sets across the world. Jones, who was killed at the age of 27 in February in a train accident on set in Georgia, was an ICG member.
Like the “Set Safety” app released earlier this month by a group of anonymous industry professionals, the ICG’s app provides access to safety bulletins and guidelines as well as a quicklist of industry safety hotlines. Users can report safety concerns without revealing their identities, which is particularly essential in the production industry where crew members are often afraid of losing their jobs if they speak out.
The ICG app is available for anyone to download in the iTunes and Android/Google app stores, but is targeted at the over 7,000 camera crew, still photographers, and publicists who comprise the organization’s membership. “The app includes the employers’ obligation to provide a safe workplace and the members’ right to refuse work that presents an imminent hazard,” said ICG executive director Bruce Doering.
Added ICG president Steven Poster, ASC: “We talk about safety constantly here and we hope this app will be universally used. It’s good for the entire industry.”