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In this module we combine three topics that are common to most film shoots: lifts, trucks and tools -- now, most people have not had much experience with this type of equipment prior to working in film production. Power tools and heavy machinery are often essential to our work but require proper training and experience.  Clearly there are potential hazards associated with the use of power tools and heavy machinery and the knowledge and safe practices of the operator are the critical element required to make the work safe.  Everyone working in production should be familiar with the hazards associated with this equipment, and understand the guidelines for safe use.


  • 18:49 video that highlights safety procedures for using lifts, trucks and power tools
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable on-set reference guide


  • Safety procedures for using lifts such as scissor lifts, condors and aerial lifts
  • Liftgate safety
  • How to safely work around parked trucks
  • Safety guidelines for production vehicles when in motion
  • Tool safety
 "Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. You’ll learn far more about filmmaking with this practical, thorough and meticulously organized site than you ever will watching "Project Greenlight." Jason knows what he’s talking about, because he’s actually done it!"
   - Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer,
         Everybody Loves Raymond