479 NEWS

Lightning Safety for Movie Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. The Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (CSATF) provides an extensive library of safety bulletin on a wide variety of topics, including inclement weather.

One unique aspect of the film industry is the ever-changing nature of the workplace; some days crews may find themselves working on a sound stage under controlled conditions, while other days they’re at an exterior location, completely at the mercy of mother nature. Exterior locations can prove dangerous for any number of reasons, but in the summer (in the south) one very prominent danger comes from the sky: lightning strikes.

Potential hazards associated with lightning include electrocution, burns, falling debris, concussion, and fire. Every year the United States experiences more than 20 million cloud to ground lightning strikes, with more than 300 people falling victim to (more…)

Tick Safety for Movie Crews

Close-up of a tick's mouth parts, photo by Richard Bartz

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information on tick avoidance, removal, disease symptoms and more.

What Is a Tick?

Ticks are small 8-legged arachnids that have been around since the time of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Unlike spiders, ticks feed on the blood of larger creatures like mammals, birds, and movie crews.

Since the southeast is home to the majority of disease-bearing ticks it’s important for movie crews to follow a few basic safety procedures to avoid disease or death from these tiny creatures.

Ticks & The Diseases They Carry

The effects of tick bites can range from chills and fever, to ulcerated skin and swollen glands, to palsy, heart palpitations, even memory issues. A recently discovered allergic reaction to bites from the Lone Star Tick has left many people unable to consume meat. Understanding the threat that ticks present has been shown to increase preventative measures by people at risk, so let’s review the types of ticks you may encounter while working in our jurisdiction.


American Dog Tick


Blacklegged Tick


Brown Dog Tick


Gulf Coast Tick


Lone Star Tick


Avoid Ticks

The best way to prevent tick bites is to avoid the places they inhabit, which are typically areas with heavy foliage or high grasses. If you must work in these environments try to stay to the center of trails and away from wooded and brushy areas with high grass and/or leaf litter. Be aware that ticks may also be transmitted to you via gear, other people, and pets that have been exposed to these environments.


Tick Check!

There are some simple techniques you should practice when returning home from exterior sets likely to contain ticks. Young ticks may be small, so be diligent in each of these procedures.

Clothes – look through your clothes for ticks then tumble dry on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill ticks. Use hot water when washing potentially compromised clothing, as cold or medium heat will not kill ticks.

Shower – taking a shower within 2 hours of returning from outdoors has been shown to reduce the risk of Lyme disease, as unattached ticks may be washed off.

Visual Check – use a hand mirror to inspect your entire body, from head to toe, paying special attention to areas where ticks could hide between folds of skin, such as under your arms, inside your naval, behind your knees, and around your groin.


Tick Repellant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a list of repellants useful in protecting people against tick bites. Be sure to consult the cautions and warnings for use of these products on children.

You can purchase a product called Permethrin to treat clothes and shoes to discourage ticks from attaching themselves to you in the first place. Follow the directions for proper application and re-application.


Tick Removal

How to remove a tick using tweezers

If you discover a tick attached to your skin don’t panic. Removal is fast and painless. The most important step is to remove the tick as soon as possible. Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick’s body as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Use firm pressure to lift straight up without twisting. If the mouth parts break off below the skin’s surface don’t attempt to remove them. Instead, clean the area and allow the skin to heal.

Home remedies like covering the tick in petroleum jelly or holding a glowing match next to the tick are not recommended, as they have been shown to be ineffective and delay the removal of the tick from your body.

Monitor yourself for the next few weeks to see if you experience any of the symptoms affiliated with tick-bourne illnesses. If you do, contact your doctor and inform them about the date of the tick bite and the symptoms you’re experiencing.




Tickbourne Diseases of the United States; an online reference for healthcare providers

Provided by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



More people developing red meat allergy from tick bites

Provided by: CBS News




Provided by: Wikipedia









Local 479 Braves Day 2018

Yesterday our members were treated to an exciting come-from-behind victory by the Atlanta Braves against the Florida Marlins at SunTrust Park.

This was the first time Local 479 has held a group event at the new location and members report having had a terrific experience exploring the new ballpark.

Events like Local 479 Braves Day provide our members with an opportunity to spend time with each other away from work, in a fun, relaxed environment.

Check out some great photos folks shared with us on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for (more…)

Local 479 Offers a Wide Variety of Training Classes

President Ray Brown instructs a class on overhead bounces

This month IATSE Local 479 observes the 4th anniversary of the launch of its education department, a program created in anticipation of an increased demand for trained crews for projects shooting within the local’s jurisdiction.

Over the past year Local 479’s education program has rolled out a number of new courses that provide students with hands-on experience with craft-essential tasks, led by veteran department heads and (more…)

Atlanta’s Young Workers Provide Reception for IATSE Officer’s Institute

Atlanta's Young Workers Provide Reception for IATSE Officer's Institute

Last week Local 479’s Young Worker’s Committee collaborated with Local 600’s YWC to provide a reception for attendees of the IATSE Officer’s Institute, an intensive set of courses designed to educate IATSE local union officers and Business Agents on the finer points of running a local, understanding the bargaining process, and exploring best practices for building stronger, more active locals.

IATSE members from around the country and from Canada flew into Atlanta to attend the 1.0 and 2.0 (Advanced Secretary Treasurer 2.0) classes in the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

It was a beautiful week in Atlanta and we hope that our fellow brothers and sisters enjoyed the experience and learned a lot!

How the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Members of IATSE

How the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Impacts Members of IATSE

Last month marked the deadline for Federal and State tax returns for tax year 2017 and like many Americans it’s likely that after you submitted your returns (or filed for an extension) you immediately stopped thinking about taxes until next year. We’re publishing this article to remind our members that Congress recently passed a pro-growth tax plan referred to as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

This new tax plan will affect your earnings from January of this year (2018) onward, and there are some very good reasons for some in the film industry to begin planning now in anticipation of (more…)

Observant Medic Helps Crewperson Get Life-Saving Surgery

Last week Set Medic Teresa Hardie was approached by a crewmember complaining of localized discomfort. The symptoms were significant enough to prompt Teresa, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), to urge the crewmember to go to the hospital. While the crewmember was at first reluctant to leave set, Teresa was doggedly persistent and eventually convinced them to take her advice.

This insistence undoubtedly saved the crewperson’s life, because once at the hospital it was confirmed that the patient was in peril, and surgeons moved quickly to (more…)

Piedmont Healthcare Back In-Network

Contract Signed Blue Cross Blue Shield Piedmont

The National Benefits Fund has confirmed that Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield reached a new multi-year agreement with Piedmont Healthcare, Inc. and Piedmont Clinic Physician Practices (collectively “Piedmont”). This new agreement will enable our members to continue to (more…)

Women’s Committee Hosts Successful Meet & Greet

Women of Local 479 playing tabletop shuffleboard at the very first Women's Committee Meet & Greet.

The Local 479 Women’s Committee held its first Meet & Greet on Saturday, April 14th, at Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards in Decatur, with approximately 50 women from our local in attendance.

Featured Special Guest was International Vice President C. Faye Harper, a leader within the IA’s Women’s Committee, and great supporter of Local 479’s women.

The event was designed to be very simple, with no formal program.

Instead, members were encouraged to have fun, get to know each other, and to discuss their vision for (more…)

Stand Up and Vote

Representatives of Stand Up and Vote were helping members get registered at our last General Membership meeting.

Members of Local 479’s Young Workers Committee met representatives from Stand up and Vote at the Power to the Polls event in January and invited them to Local 479’s April General Membership meeting to help members register to vote. Eligible voters include (but are not limited to) people who will be turning 18 before the election, anyone who has moved into the area since the previous election, and ex-felons who have completed their parole. Making your presence felt at the polls is more important than ever and registering to vote is the first step in that process. The Young Workers have invited representatives from Stand up and Vote to future membership meetings to continue registering Georgia voters. If you would like to have Stand up and vote attend an event that you are holding contact them via their website: www.Georgiastandup.org