Rig camera dollies

Business Sectors (Suites): Grips and Crane Technicians
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Mar 2018


This Standard involves rigging camera dollies or tracking platforms (not cranes).  This includes understanding the weight loadings and any special balances involved. It is about providing and maintaining any required power supplies, and ensuring that you understand the maintenance requirements.

This Standard is for anyone involved with rigging camera dollies or tracking platforms.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​check that supporting surface or track is suitable for the camera dolly or tracking platform
  2. check that weight loadings of equipment and operators are within manufacturers' safe working loads
  3. check that hydraulics, pressures and any incorporated pressure safety devices are in line with manufacturer's specifications
  4. ensure that the order of assembly is safe and will not endanger others or damage equipment
  5. check that all locking devices are functional, in place and work in line with manufacturer's instructions
  6. instruct relevant people on the use of any special locking and safety functions
  7. report equipment defects in line with production procedures
  8. secure equipment during rigging or storage so that any occurrences that might damage it or make it unsafe are prevented
  9. use reliable information to identify any special handling or maintenance requirements during us

  10. provide safe and secure environmental protection for equipment and operators in line with current regulations, guidance and industry best practice

  11. make sure the whole assembly is safe for its intended use and is free of any obstructions
  12. make sure cables are of adequate length and cannot be damaged
  13. seek specialist help from relevant people when electrical equipment is required
  14. rig camera trollies and tracking platforms in line with manual handling procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. relevant legislation, guidance and industry best practice
  2. how to identify the weight of the tracking device
  3. how to calculate the weight of all equipment to be mounted
  4. how to obtain details of the weights of all personnel to be conveyed on equipment
  5. how to evaluate the suitability of supporting surfaces or track
  6. where to find information on manufacturer's weight specifications
  7. the equipment's safe working loads and their purpose
  8. the implications of any gas or hydraulics included in equipment and how to monitor them
  9. the limits of your expertise and when it is appropriate to call on other specialists
  10. the benefits of teamwork and how to communicate with others
  11. the sequence in which to assemble equipment
  12. how to check locking devices to prevent unauthorised movement
  13. how to secure equipment when being rigged or stored
  14. possible causes of damage to equipment  and how to avoid them
  15. the ongoing maintenance procedures required
  16. how to identify defects and the correct reporting procedure
  17. relevant manual handling procedures including required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  18. environmental protection required
  19. how to secure the rig when it is left unattended or in adverse weather conditions
  20. why it is important to keep equipment dry and free of dust, sand and other debris
  21. when and where to seek specialist advice


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Mar 2021





Originating Organisation

Creative Skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Grips, Trainee Grip, Key Grip, Crane Operator (Film & TV), Crane Technician (Film & TV)

SOC Code



Grip; camera dollies; tracking platform; health and safety