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Guideline No. 15: Motorcycles | Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-9952-1
  • Issued: January 1992
  • Revised: June 2009
  • Content last reviewed: August 2010

Motorcycles

This guideline applies to motorcycles used as picture vehicles or camera vehicles. When applicable for stunts, this guideline should also be read in conjunction with the Stunt Plan,Guideline #5.

  1. Extreme caution should be exercised at all times when motorcycles are being used. Only required personnel should be in the vicinity.
  2. The operator shall hold a current, valid motorcycle license as required by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
  3. The motorcycle stunt person should be experienced in and familiar with the techniques needed to safely perform the planned stunt.
  4. Protective equipment, such as a helmet, gloves and other clothing should be worn at all times except when dictated by script requirements. Helmets should be CSA approved or equivalent. Where there are special wardrobe requirements every precaution should be taken in wearing protective clothing under the costume.
  5. Ample time and discussion should be given during pre-production, between all concerned parties, as to what type of motorcycle will be needed to safely perform the required sequence. The specific motorcycle type should meet the needs of a specific motorcycle stunt.
  6. Before any stunt is to be performed, a meeting should be called for all personnel involved and they should be thoroughly briefed at a meeting on the site where the sequence is to take place. This meeting should include:
    1. an "on-site walk-through" or a "dry run" with the Stunt Coordinator and all personnel involved in the event;
    2. the Stunt Coordinator should plan and explain acceptable avenues of escape to personnel involved in the event; and
    3. an understanding of the intended action, possible deviations and authority to abort should be made clear
  7. If any "on the day" deviations of a planned stunt become necessary, another meeting should again be called for all personnel involved in the hazardous procedure to confirm everyone's understanding of, and agreement to, the change(s).
  8. Motorcycles, ramps and other equipment should be examined prior to use by the Stunt Coordinator and the motorcycle operator to determine that they are in safe operating condition.
  9. The sequence to be photographed, including ramp jumps, "lay downs", "end-overs" and other potential hazards, should be clearly set forth and discussed by all persons involved.
  10. Medical providers should be present at all rehearsals and all performances during which planned potentially hazardous motorcycle stunts are performed, in order to administer medical assistance on an emergency basis.

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