Pennsylvania readers may be interested to learn that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed its alliance with two leading entertainment groups in an effort to promote health and safety among workers in the entertainment industry. The new alliance will last five years and involves members of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada.
As part of the agreement, OSHA will give USITT and IATSE members data and educational materials on common industry hazards, including falls, electrical dangers and ergonomic issues. In return, USITT and IATSE will educate OSHA and others on important industry safety topics. In addition, alliance members will exchange data on OSHA rulemaking, outreach campaigns, enforcement initiatives and more.
The purpose of OSHA’s Alliance Program is to establish collaborations with groups interested in workplace safety issues. These groups include unions, trade and professional organizations, businesses, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, community organizations and more. USITT is an entertainment organization focused on promoting networking among members. IATSE is a labor union for members working in theater, film production and television broadcasting.
Entertainment industry workers can suffer from a range of workplace injuries while they are on the set. Most of these workers should be eligible to file for workers’ compensation benefits, which could include the provision of medical care as well as the payment of a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. Many claimants seek the assistance of an attorney during the process.
Source: OH&S; Online, “OSHA Renews Alliance to Protect Entertainment Industry Workers“, Feb. 27, 2018