Guideline No. 14: Seat belts, harnesses, roll cages and air bags in vehicles
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This guideline should be referenced when any automotive vehicle is used in an action sequence.
- All vehicles should be equipped with seat belts or harnesses, or both where necessary.
- Any vehicle involved in a collision of any kind (i.e., sideswipes, T-bones, head-ons, all roll-overs and all jumps) should be equipped with 4 or 5 point harnesses or roll cages, as necessary, for both driver and passenger, made by a professional roll cage manufacturer, or certified by a professional engineer.
- All parties should provide for the safety of all personnel in the vicinity of moving vehicles.
- This guideline should be used in conjunction with the Stunt Plan, when applicable. The vehicle should be equipped with seat belts or harnesses, or both where necessary, except where dictated by script requirements. It is recognized that in the case of exceptional circumstances (i.e. vintage or antique vehicles) it may not be feasible or practical to install seat belts and/or harnesses. Seat belt regulations only apply to vehicles manufactured after 1971.
- No person should modify a seat belt or vehicle in any way that reduces its restraining action.
- Consideration of possible deployment of air bags must be given when cast and crew are involved in traveling sequences. For safe distances between passengers and air bags, Transport Canada recommendations should be referred to and adhered to. In addition, section 28(2)of OHSA requires that a worker shall not make ineffective any protective device or operate any equipment in a manner that may endanger himself, herself or any other worker.