Published 15 Feb in

Health and Safety Tom Cruise Style

0:52 – knife to the eye – safety goggles

  • Pay attention to the fight director.
  • Rehearsals are key.
  • Clever camera work.
  • Knowing the equipment, you are working with.
  • Knowing your colleague and working together.

1:30 – malfunctioning mechanical horse – safety guarding on machinery

  • Robust checks on work equipment under PUWER.
  • Machinery directive when designing and manufacturing.
  • Investigating failures and learning from them.
  • Inspect your work equipment regularly to ensure that it is in good working order
  • Ensure work equipment is risk assessed and operators are competent
  • Ensure suitable guards are in place on work equipment where required (i.e. fixed, interlocking, adjustable, trip guards).

2:30 – driving wrong way through a tunnel – driving a forklift making sure the way ahead is clear

  • Skill of the driver
  • Rehearsal
  • Contingency plans if things go wrong
  • When using vehicles for work ensure that they are in good condition and road worthy.
  • Vet your drivers to ensure that they hold an upto date driving license
  • Segregate vehicles from pedestrians in the workplace and have marked safe walkways / mirrors on corners etc

3:25 – holding his breath for 6 mins underwater – using breathing apparatus in dangerous environments

  • Training and discipline
  • Controls in place with dive staff on stand for emergencies
  • When working in confined spaces ensure you have a suitable risk assessment and method statement in place, monitor the air quality at all times.

4:19 – falling and being dragged along using cables – making sure your cables / ropes etc are both tested and capable of handling the loads

  • Testing of cables / lines
  • Ensuring correct equipment is used
  • Rescue plans if things do go wrong
  • Ropes should be regularly tested under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

4:45 – rock climbing – ensure staff are suitably trained for dangerous jobs

  • Training
  • PPE (Harness etc)
  • Ensuring PPE is inspected and suitable for the job
  • Rescue plans in place should he fall into his harness

5:40 – halo jump from 25k feet – make sure your equipment has been properly tested and prepared by a qualified person

  • Training, training and more training.
  • Have a suitable training needs analysis in place for all your staff, this will ensure that you have trained staff who can work safely.

6:30 – zero gravity sequence in a plane that’s going to crash – have policy and procedure in place for the unexpected incidents

  • Preparation.
  • Learning from others previous experiences.
  • Ensure that the area is free of hazards (i.e. loose items etc).
  • Welfare of those involved
  • A good health and safety policy will be relevant to the work you are undertaking and the foreseeable risks you are facing in your work activities.

7:15 – hanging off the side of a plane – ensure you are properly strapped in when working at height

  • Emergency plans
  • PPE / Harness to be suitable for the task and inspected
  • Staff who are working at height should have the correct PPE and training.

8:20 – climbing up the side of the tallest building – make sure all equipment is fully functional operational and serviced – service records up to date

  • Ensure PPE is suitable for use
  • Staff should be trained in correct use
  • Harnesses should be inspected 6 monthly
  • Records of PPE inspection should be kept