By technical Editor Matt Allard:
At the recent World Athletics Championships in Beijing, while Usain Bolt was on his victory lap celebrating winning gold in the 200 meters he was inadvertently run over by cameraman Song Tao. Song, who was working for host broadcaster CCTV was riding on a segway type people mover while using an ENG broadcast camera.
While it may be funny to watch, it’s a reminder of the importance of having good individual public liability insurance or making sure that the company who is hiring you does. Imagine if Usain Bolt had been badly injured and decided to sue the cameraman for damages. If you weren’t adequately covered could be financially ruined. And if you’re working as a freelancer you should really be vigilant about whether or not the company hiring you is also covering you under their public liability insurance.
During a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina, the cable that was supporting the CableCam snapped and fell onto the track and into the stands. It not only injured 10 spectators but also temporarily stopped the race.
While technology in our industry allows us to capture some amazing footage, we should all be very aware of the dangers and responsibility that comes with using it. It’s important to always think about safety whether you are using lights, segways, drones or any other piece of equipment that could cause injury to yourself, property or others.
And although this is a serious matter, I thought it only right to show you another classic camera Segway accident involving the legendary ‘Joe The Cameraman’ from Australia.