Throughout both the planning process and while on site, I often find myself in conversations about who’s responsible for what. I cringe to myself when I hear people say, “well, that’s not my department.” Or “It’s on you if something happens.”  I have heard this from managers, designers and crew alike. While certain end decisions might not be yours to make, the reality is that making sure everyone goes home safe to their family at night is the responsibility of everyone.
Legally, if there is an incident, everyone involved with the production will be part of the investigation. There is no “well, that wasn’t my department.” That is just the reality of working anywhere, so let’s move on to the moral component of safety.
The moment we turn a blind eye, or decide to hold our tongue about safety concerns, is the moment we take a step closer to someone not getting home that night.
We want everyone on site to be concerned about safety not because there are legal ramifications but because we are all human beings and should look out for one another.
Managers are often at the top of the responsibility chain. We are actively in the position to say yes or no to things. We make decisions after weighing input from many different people. It can be a relief to everyone else that there is someone to “take the blame” if something goes wrong or if a bad decision is made. But the truth is, that is a false sense of security.  
As human beings, believe it or not, we all want to be optimistic. When we do something unsafe and nothing bad happens, we start thinking that we can do it again with the same results. This pattern allows us to easily talk ourselves into ignoring safety hazards. After all, just because something is unsafe doesn’t mean something bad will happen this time. But it could. The solution here is for everyone to contribute to an atmosphere of safety. The more perspectives we have on a potentially unsafe situation, the more likely it is that together we’ll be able to correct it.
In short, everyone is responsible for what happens on site.
As Production Management, Tinc has a commitment to a duty of care. We are responsible for anticipating, planning for and responding to scenarios that could and do arise during the course of our events. What we do is dangerous and for us “the show must go on at all costs” is never an option. We set the tone, expectations and deliverables for everyone else that works on our projects with us. So that being said, what is Tinc’s role in this “atmosphere of safety”? As a company we pledge to:

    1. Do everything in our power to ensure as safe a working environment as possible
    2. Be annoyingly vigilant about potential safety hazards
    3. Never discourage people from bringing up potential safety issues
    4. Treat safety procedures as an expectation
    5. Collaborate with all other people and organizations on site to coordinate our safety efforts and plans
    6. Remain diligent at all times

Every event requires a lot of people coming together to accomplish something very complex in a very short amount of time. The events industry is inherently dangerous. It is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to the continued health of our fellow workers and industry.

Interested in learning more about how we reinforce safety onsite? We’ll be discussing this and other essentials in Tinc’s one-week Management Intensive this summer, June 6-10.