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Guideline No. 25: High Fall | Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-9952-1
  • Issued: November 1990
  • Revised: June 2009
  • Content last reviewed: August 2010

High Fall

The following recommendations apply where a high fall will be used in filming. The terms "Stunt Coordinator" and "Stunt Performer" mean a coordinator or performer holding current and valid certification issued by a recognized organization.

  1. Consultation between the Stunt Coordinator, the Producer and the Director will determine whether a high fall is necessary for a particular scene (meaning a Stunt Performer is needed rather than a dummy).
  2. Once a determination is made, a Stunt Coordinator should be named. This Coordinator should have an endorsement for high falls.
  3. The Stunt Coordinator in conjunction with the Producer and the Director will determine whether boxes, an air bag, descender or decelerator will be used to cushion the stunt performer's fall.
  4. There should be no less than two (2) safety spotters for any fall over 15 feet.
  5. Boxes should not be used for falls over 40 feet and air bags should not be used for falls over 120 feet.
  6. The Stunt Coordinator should make the final decision regarding the placement of objects around the landing area.
  7. The Stunt Coordinator should determine if the weather and other conditions are suitable for the fall.
  8. The Stunt Coordinator should determine what type of medical support will be needed for the fall. Generally two (2) trained emergency medical providers and a properly equipped ambulance for transportation will be needed.

Note: High fall is defined as any fall from a height that requires a specialized fall arrest system for the safe deceleration of the Stunt Performer.

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