Guideline No. 25: 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.
- 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).
- Once a determination is made, a Stunt Coordinator should be named. This Coordinator should have an endorsement for high falls.
- 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.
- There should be no less than two (2) safety spotters for any fall over 15 feet.
- Boxes should not be used for falls over 40 feet and air bags should not be used for falls over 120 feet.
- The Stunt Coordinator should make the final decision regarding the placement of objects around the landing area.
- The Stunt Coordinator should determine if the weather and other conditions are suitable for the fall.
- 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.