Will drones make live events safer in Illinois?
Health & Safety / October 2018

HEALTH AND SAFETY Illinois lawmakers have proposed an interesting new solution to the risk of a mass shooting similar to the one that happened in Las Vegas last year. The new proposal for large-scale events would allow drones to be used to  supervise events. This would include music festivals, state fairs, and concerts and  events held in arenas or stadiums. During a Senate debate, Senator Martin Sandoval, the lead sponsor, said more needs to be done to protect people at large-venue events saying “It’s our responsibility to provide the maximum protection of all the residents of Illinois – whether it’s at Lollapalooza, or at the Illinois State Fair this year,” The measure provides that the police would need to provide a legitimate reason to use drones at a particular event attended by more than 100 persons. These crones would be used to evaluate anything from crowd size, density, or movement and to identify any criminal activity or security vulnerabilities. There are some critics of the plan as it stands.  State Senator Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat,  said that whilst he acknowledges the need for added security at such events, he was concerned about privacy. He said a “legitimate reason” is too broad…

Will drones make live events safer in Illinois?
Health & Safety , Live Events / August 2018

HEALTH AND SAFETY Live events sector   Illinois lawmakers have proposed an interesting new solution to the risk of a mass shooting similar to the one that happened in Las Vegas last year. The new proposal for large-scale events would allow drones to be used to  supervise events. This would include music festivals, state fairs, and concerts and  events held in arenas or stadiums.   During a Senate debate, Senator Martin Sandoval, the lead sponsor, said more needs to be done to protect people at large-venue events saying “It’s our responsibility to provide the maximum protection of all the residents of Illinois – whether it’s at Lollapalooza, or at the Illinois State Fair this year,” The measure provides that the police would need to provide a legitimate reason to use drones at a particular event attended by more than 100 persons. These crones would be used to evaluate anything from crowd size, density, or movement and to identify any criminal activity or security vulnerabilities. There are some critics of the plan as it stands.  State Senator Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat,  said that whilst he acknowledges the need for added security at such events, he was concerned about privacy. He said a…

Planned EU legislation for lighting efficiency could be ‘catastrophic’ for culture

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Venues and theatres have warned that new EU legislation will see their ‘lights going out’ after new legislation is introduced which will not provide any exemption for stage lighting and will make specialist lighting subject to the same environmental rules that govern lighting sold domestic and office use. The Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, has estimated the restrictions on traditional and LED light bulbs due to be enforced by the 1st September 2020 could cost British Theatres £1.25 billion, with a disproportionate burden falling on smaller venues. The European Union (EU)’s proposed Ecodesign Working Plan 2016–2019 will require all new stage lighting, from traditional tungsten bulbs to the latest LED fixtures, to meet new efficiency targets, from which they are currently exempt. According to the UK’s Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), the new regulations will “dramatically impact all areas of entertainment lighting and all who work in this field”, with the impact on live shows “immediate and overwhelming”. The PSA has joined the fight and General Manager Andy Lenthall told IQ magazine  “Professional stage lighting has always been exempt from the labelling regime, [but] that’s about to change” adding “Tungsten, halogen and other…

Viola player’s claim for damaged hearing succeeds in the High Court

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Chris Goldscheider, a former Royal Opera House viola player has won a landmark High Court judgment after he suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012. The claim came from a rehearsal on the 1st September 2012, Mr Goldscheider was seated directly in front of the 18 strong brass section of the orchestra for a rehearsal in the orchestra pit at the Royal Opera House. Evidence presented showed that during that rehearsal, the noise levels exceeded 137 decibels, roughly equivalent to that of a jet engine 100 feet away. Despite wearing ear defenders Mr Goldscheider’s hearing was irreversibly damaged and he claimed damages for acoustic shock, a condition with symptoms including tinnitus, hyperacusis and dizziness. He told the BBC: “With this condition if you are exposed to normal sounds, unfortunately they become incredibly painful” adding “I suppose the nearest analogy is if you imagine for a normal person to walk on normal ground and then you imagine walking barefoot on glass.” Mr Goldscheider studied in Prague and the UK and played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Symphony orchestras. In 2002 he joined the viola section of the…

Viola player’s claim for damaged hearing succeeds in the High Court
Health & Safety , Live Events / April 2018

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Chris Goldscheider, a former Royal Opera House viola player has won a landmark High Court judgment after he suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012. The claim came from a rehearsal on the 1st September 2012, Mr Goldscheider was seated directly in front of the 18 strong brass section of the orchestra for a rehearsal in the orchestra pit at the Royal Opera House. Evidence presented showed that during that rehearsal, the noise levels exceeded 137 decibels, roughly equivalent to that of a jet engine 100 feet away. Despite wearing ear defenders Mr Goldscheider’s hearing was irreversibly damaged and he claimed damages for acoustic shock, a condition with symptoms including tinnitus, hyperacusis and dizziness. He told the BBC: “With this condition if you are exposed to normal sounds, unfortunately they become incredibly painful” adding “I suppose the nearest analogy is if you imagine for a normal person to walk on normal ground and then you imagine walking barefoot on glass.” Mr Goldscheider studied in Prague and the UK and played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Symphony orchestras. In 2002 he joined the viola section of the…

Love Parade trial begins in Germany
Health & Safety , Live Events / January 2018

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Ten of the organisers of the tragic 2010 Love Parade festival are now on trial in Germany.   The ten defendants – four employees of the festival’s promoter, Lopavent, and six officials of the city of Duisburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, were initially cleared of any wrongdoing in an April 2016 decision by the Duisburg state court, which found there was “no sufficient case to answer”. The ruling was widely criticsed and was described as a “judicial scandal” by relatives of the deceased. The appeals court overturned the decision in April of this year, with prosecutors saying they are confident of convictions the second time around. Twenty-one people died, and more than 650 were injured in the 24th July 2010 crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to the techno festival. Over a million people are said to have attended the 2010 event, which was held at a former goods yard with a capacity of around 250,000. The victims included festivalgoers from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China and the Netherlands. The defendants face charges of negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison each  The scale of…

Radiohead stage death trial collapses
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   “No doubt, this decision will be incomprehensible to Mr Johnson’s family, who can justifiably complain that justice has not been done”. Judge Ann Nelson   The criminal case and trial against the organisers of Radiohead’s 2012 concert in Toronto where British drum technician Scott Johnson was killed and three others injured when a scaffolding structure collapsed at Downsview Park in June 16th 2012 has ended because of delays in the trial itself, primarily as the original judge hearing the case received a promotion. In July 2017 Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, said that his appointment to the Ontario Superior Court meant he no longer had jurisdiction over the case. Nakatsuru said he came to the decision with “great regret” saying “My appointment was unexpected and without notice. I know that the defendants have waited a long time for the final resolution of this case. So has the public” and “There are many compelling reasons why it would be in the best interests of justice for me to finish this. But I cannot.” The show was promoted by Live Nation, and LNE and its Ontario subsidiary were subsequently charged under the Canadian province’s Occupational Health And Safety Act….

Barry based security firm under investigation
Health & Safety , Live Events / August 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A Welsh event security firm is under investigation by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for allegedly supplying unlicensed stewards to several British music festivals. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) confirmed it was investigating LS Armour Security Ltd of Barry, South Wales, following a compliance check. The SIA It said it was “exceptional” for it to comment publicly and had taken “unprecedented action due to public safety.” The investigation is looking at wether the firm supplied cloned badges to unlicensed stewards at UK festivals. Reports say that Lee Szuchnik of LS Armour Security, had advertised for security staff for several festivals this summer, including Glastonbury Festival, Shindig Weekender in Bruton, Somerset, and Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth. The company has also been recruiting for stewards for Liverpool International Music Festival and Lewes Live Festival later this month.   In a statement, an SIA spokesman said: “This type of unlawful conduct remains rare due to responsible organisers and security providers conducting appropriate due diligence …. Nevertheless, the SIA understands that at this time of year, event organisers and primary contractors may not have sufficient SIA-licensed staff, which can lead to extensive sub-contracting” and “This provides opportunities to rogue providers…

Radiohead stage collapse trial to be re-set

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A new trial has been set for the defendants charged after the stage collapse at an outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto five years ago, which killed British drum technician Scott Johnson, then aged 33.   Johnson was killed and three others were injured after scaffolding collapsed. The show was promoted by Live Nation and the live music giant was subsequently charged under Ontario’s Occupational Health And Safety Act. Optex Staging & Services Inc was also charged over four alleged breaches of health and safety laws, while an engineer working on the show, Dominic Cugliari, faced a single charge. The case had progressed progressed for some forty days,  and closing arguments were expected but a mistrial was declared after the presiding judge, Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, said that his recent appointment to the Ontario Superior Court meant he no longer had jurisdiction over the case. Nakatsuru said he came to the decision with “great regret” saying “My appointment was unexpected and without notice. I know that the defendants have waited a long time for the final resolution of this case. So has the public” and “There are many compelling reasons why it would be in the best interests of…

Two face Ghost Ship party manslaughter charges
Health & Safety / July 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Two people have each been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the fire that occurred at the Ghost Ship warehouse party in Oakland, California on the 2nd December 2016, headlined by electronic group Golden Donna. The two have been named as Derick Almena, who leased the warehouse and is decribed as the Ghost Ship founder an party ‘promoter’, and Max Harris, who had a supervisory role at the building and was titled the ‘creative director’.  A total of 36 people died in the blaze, including artists Cherushii, Joey Casio, Nackt, and Cash Askew from dream-pop band Them Are Us Too.   District Attorney of Alameda County, Nancy E O’Malley, who has brought the charges against the two men, told reporters that Almena and Harris had “knowingly created a fire trap with inadequate means of escape [and] then filled that area with human beings and are now facing the consequences of their actions” saying “The paying guests at the event were faced with a nearly impossible labyrinth of the defendants’ making. They allowed individuals to live in the warehouse and deceived the police, the fire department and the owner of the building…

Love Parade organisers will face criminal charges over 2010 deaths

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A German court has ruled that the organisers of the “Love Parade” techno-festival will stand trial in connection with the deaths of 21 people in a crowd crush ithat took place in in 2010. More than 500 others were injured in the crush. The disaster on the 24th July 2010 was the result of  a crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to Love Parade. Over a million people attended the dance music festival, which was held at a former goods yard in Duisburg, with a capacity of around 250,000. The event, which began in 1989, was permanently cancelled by organisers. Ten people will now face criminal charges for the disaster in Duisburg after the court in Duesseldorf overturned the previous decision to drop the charges of negligent manslaughter, now holding that the case could be “proven with sufficient probability”, based on the available evidence. Four event organisers and six municipal employees will be tried. All had previously denied wrongdoing. In a statement, the regional appeals court said the results of an investigation suggested that “breaches of the duty of care with which the accused are charged were the cause of the deaths and injuries”…

Falls Festival crowd crush lawsuit reaches court
Health & Safety , Live Events / April 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A class-action lawsuit has just been filed against the organisers of Falls Festival following the  crowd crush that took place at the Lorne edition  of the 2016/17 event in Australia, which left approximately 80 people injured – some very seriously. The Industry Observer reports that the incident occurred as festival-goers were leaving a set by local trio DMA’S to catch international act London Grammar, with the crowd’ surge towards the seemingly inadequate exits caused audience members to be crushed against the barriers or beneath the resulting stampede. Pres reports in December 2016 said “Festival-goers were crushed, left gasping for air and unconscious during a chaotic crowd stampede at the Falls Festival in Lorne on Victoria’s south-west coast” A representative for the lawyers acting for the claimants stated “The allegation is that if proper care and attention had been taken to configuring the area where the acts were taking place, and the scheduling of the successive acts this stampede would not have occurred, that this was entirely avoidable” adding “That’s the basis of this action – predominantly in negligence of the organisers. 65 participants are seeking damages in the case. Falls co-producer Jessica Ducrou responded with a…

Thirteen face charges over Manilla festival deaths
Health & Safety , Live Events / March 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Thirteen people are facing criminal charges over the deaths of five people at last May’s Closeup Forever Summer festival in Manilla in the Philippines. During the event was ongoing, five people were found unconscious in separate locations on the concert grounds on the 22nd May 2016. They were Ariel Leal (22), Lance Garcia (36), Ken Migawa (18), Bianca Fontejon (18) and Eric Anthony Miller (33 and an American citizen). The victims had all collapsed at the festival and died later in hospital, and local reports said that they had ingested a cocktail of alcohol and drugs – erports said the five had taken ‘green amore’, a potentially lethal mix of MDMA and shabu, or methamphetamine. Following an eight-month investigation, the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NIB) has asked for negligent homicide charges to be brought against 13 executives of promoter Closeup, its parent company, Unilever Philippines, and several security companies. The charges will alleges the defendants “had the ability to prevent the unwanted incidents but failed to do so”. The NBI complaint, filed with the Department of Justice, says the companies – Unilever, Closeup, Activations Advertising, Hypehouse Production Corp. and Delirium Manpower Services – should have put in…

Ghost Ship fire leaves 36 dead
Health & Safety , Live Events / January 2017

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A devastating warehouse fire which killed at least 36 people in Oakland, California, has painful echoes with the 2003 ‘Great White’ disaster in Rhode Island where 100 people died and the more recent Colectiv nightclub fire in Bucharest – and is California’s deadliest structure fire in California since the 1906 earthquake and fire that killed hundreds in San Francisco. The warehouse was the home and work space for the Satya Yuga artists’ collective, and known as the Ghost Ship, and was on the evening of the fire hosting an unlicensed concert promoted by house label 100% Silk. Among the victims of the fire were three artists scheduled to perform: Cherushii (Chelsea Faith), Obsidian Blade (Joey Casio) and DJ Nackt (Johnny Igaz). Among the 36 people who died were two UC Berkeley undergraduates, two alumni and one woman who volunteered at KALX, the campus radio station. Victims of the blaze included artists, musicians, activists, community organisers and other young people who had came together for the event. The search for victims and evidence in the Fruitvale District warehouse fire concluded late on Tuesday night (6th December) as crews combed through the final ten percent of the…

Detonate Hallowe’en shut down after over crowding
Health & Safety , Live Events / December 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   The promoter of Detonate Halloween, in Nottingham, UK, says it is “gutted” after being forced to call off the event three hours early amid claims of serious overcrowding following fence breaches at Nottingham Racecourse on the 29th October 2016. The event was ended at around 20.20, three hours early, on the advice of the festival’s health and safety officer and Nottinghamshire police, which meant cancelling or cutting short sets by Kano, New York Transit Authority, Kurupt FM, Andy C, TQD and The Prototypes and 2Shy. A sister event at the O2 Academy in Sheffield went ahead as planned. The site was said to be clear of guests by 21.00.   In a statement, promoter Detonate said “The safety issue was due to the majority of people wanting to be in one tent, which caused large queues. When some of the surrounding fence was breached and crowds surged, action had to be taken to avoid people being injured.” “Flow of people is estimated based on capacities of each area; popularity of the acts which are on at the same time in each arena; and dynamic assessments on the day. We surveyed our ticketholders in the lead…

Buenos Aires EDM ban hits Kraftwerk
Health & Safety , Live Events / December 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Following the six fatalities that occurred as a result of drug overdoses at Time Warp back in April of this year, The Mayor of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires stopped issuing permits for major electronic music festivals.  Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta  said the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a new law to prevent drug abuse during such events. At the tine five people have been arrested. But the ban, for electronic music concerts “that use synthesizers or samplers as their primary instrument” has led to a difficult situation for electronic group Kraftwerk: The German based band had a show scheduled on November 23rd at Luna Park in Buenos Aires. Event organisers, promoters Move Concerts, have said that they had already received the go-ahead to start selling tickets, 70% of which have already been sold, prior to receiving the news of the recent amendment. Kraftwerk (“power plant” in German) began in 1970 by founders  Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider by experimenting with sampling and synthesising sounds and turning them into songs. They were among the first successful pop acts to popularise electronic music and are widely considered to be innovators and pioneers of the genre,…

Director cleared of manslaughter after Fishermen’s Friend’s deaths
Health & Safety , Live Events / December 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   The director of a door manufacturing company has been cleared of manslaughter resulting from the deaths of Fisherman’s Friends singer Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul McMullen at Guildford’s G Live venue in February 2013. Grills, 54, and McMullen, 44, were killed after a two-tonne steel door, which allowed backstage access from the outside, collapsed on them.Grills suffered critical injuries after being hit by the falling metal door at  and  McMullen, 44, from Disley in Cheshire, died at the incident. Officers said Mr McMullen suffered serious injuries to his legs and died at the scene. Police were called to the London Road venue just after 11:45 GMT on February 9th after a report that two men were trapped under a metal door in a loading bay. The 10-piece band had been due to perform at the venue later that day. In October 2016 the jury in the trial visited the venue. On the opening day of the trial, the jury was told doors manufactured by Mr David Naylor’s company had failed previously. Proesecutor Zoe Johnson QC said: “The prosecution alleges that the failure to have an anti-drop safeguard coupled with other evidence of earlier door collapses and this…

Rock am Ring organisers cleared of blame for extreme weather evacuation
Health & Safety , Live Events / November 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   There will be no prosecution of the organisers of the storm-hit Rock Am Ring 2016. Following a anonymous complaint The Koblenz public prosecutor, investigated the safety procedures and emergency storm plan drawn up by festival promoters Marek and Andre Lieberberg/CTS Eventim and licensing authorities and found no evidence of negligence on either part.   At the International Festival Forum in an interview with both Marek and Andre Lieberberg, the promoting father and son due suggested that the authorities had compounded an already bad situation caused by the extreme weather by making unfounded decisions and putting concert goers at further risk. The final day of Rock am Ring was called off by local authorities who revoked the licence after another lightning storm warning:  72 people were treated in hospital and some people had been injured by lightning, some seriously. In fact the last day was relatively free of bad weather, with just one heavy downpour as storms swept across Europe. In a statement, the festival asked fans to leave the site “no later than noon on Sunday” (the predicted storms were die by 13.00).   “The organisers accept the decision [of local officials] because of our…

Radiohead fatality case can progress despite slow pace
Health & Safety , Live Events / November 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Live Nation Canada’s moves to have charges it faces over the death of a drum technician before a Radiohead concert four years ago dismissed because of “unreasonable delay” in the case have failed. Scott Johnson, 33, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was killed when the stage collapsed in Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 16, 2012.  Live Nation Canada, Live Nation Ontario and Optex Staging and Services each face four charges under the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Engineer Dominic Cugliari faces one charge of endangering a worker by negligence. All have pleaded not guilty and the trial had begun last year after charges were brought in June 2013. The trial is not due to conclude until January 2017   According to the Toronto Star, the trial judge Justice Shaun Nakatsuru has agreed that the long period of time so far taken up by the case was acceptable because of the complexity of the evidence needed to determine “The issue of how the stage collapsed, and who is responsible for that” saying this was “complex”.   The trial is scheduled to resume on December 5th. The maximum fine against a corporation, if convicted, is $500,000…

Love Parade litigation re-commenced
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     Three people injured at the tragic  2010 Love Parade have commenced new civil proceedings in Germany against those involved in organising the tragic 2010 festival. There have been over unsuccessful 30 civil cases brought against festival promoter Lopavent, the city of Duisburg and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2010. In April this year a court that no one would stand trial over the disaster, which left 21 dead and over 500 were injured. The disaster on the 24th July 2010 was the result of  a crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to Love Parade. Over a million people attended the dance music festival, which was held at a former goods yard in Duisburg, with a capacity of around 250,000. The event was permanently cancelled by organisers. German public broadcaster WDR reports that one woman, who suffered concussion, is seeking €73,000 in damages, with two more seeking between €34,000 and €56,000 each. Lawyer Bärbel Schönhof who is representing the first woman, a 51-year-old from Duisburg, says despite the failure of earlier lawsuits she is confident of a victory, “because I am of the view that [the] irresponsible behaviour of…

Live Nation faces claims from injured fans
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Fourteen fans and three workers are suing promoter Live Nation and performers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa over injuries sustained after a fence collapsed at a concert. A total of 42 people were injured in the incident at the BB&T Pavilion amphitheatre in New Jersey on August 5. The lawsuit provides a list of injuries which included six concussions, one fractured vertebrae, a fractured collarbone, two head wounds closed with staples, broken bones in the wrist and foot, and numerous lacerations, contusions and recurring head and neck pain. Attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi said on behalf of the victims he represents: “Our clients, and many others who attended the concert, were seriously injured because of the negligent conduct of the defendants who failed miserably in their duty to protect the audience and workers from harm”. Another attorney acting for victims, Steven G. Wigrizer,  said: “Every plaintiff has asked us to do all we can to help prevent a re-occurrence through the litigation. Pure luck – not thoughtful planning by Live Nation or anyone else – is the only reason nobody died in that terrifying incident.”. The claimants allege that there was “a clearly hazardous stage configuration within…

Live Nation faces claims from injured fans
Health & Safety , Live Events / September 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     Fourteen fans and three workers are suing promoter Live Nation and performers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa over injuries sustained after a fence collapsed at a concert. A total of 42 people were injured in the incident at the BB&T Pavilion amphitheatre in New Jersey on August 5. The lawsuit provides a list of injuries which included six concussions, one fractured vertebrae, a fractured collarbone, two head wounds closed with staples, broken bones in the wrist and foot, and numerous lacerations, contusions and recurring head and neck pain. Attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi said on behalf of the victims he represents: “Our clients, and many others who attended the concert, were seriously injured because of the negligent conduct of the defendants who failed miserably in their duty to protect the audience and workers from harm”. Another attorney acting for victims, Steven G. Wigrizer, said: “Every plaintiff has asked us to do all we can to help prevent a re-occurrence through the litigation. Pure luck – not thoughtful planning by Live Nation or anyone else – is the only reason nobody died in that terrifying incident.”. The claimants allege that there was “a clearly hazardous stage configuration…

Hard Rock cleared in Akoi incident
Health & Safety , Live Events / September 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A jury has rejected a concert-goer’s claim for $10.7 million in damages against Hard Rock Hotel after she was injured at a Steve Aoki show when the DJ leapt into an inflatable raft in the crowd. Brittany Hickman, then in her mid twenties, allegedly suffered a concussion and a broken neck when she became trapped under the inflatable raft during a performance at Hard Rock in San Diego in 2012. According to Courtroom View Network, Hickman’s attorneys said Hard Rock should have known Aoki would leap into the crowd and should have taken steps to protect the audience. Hard Rock argued it was given no warning Aoki would perform the stunt, and claimed Hickman’s injuries weren’t as severe as she alleged. Her attorneys presented multiple expert witnesses who testified that the impact left her with a traumatic brain injury requiring a lifetime of costly medical care, but during his closing argument on behalf of the hotel Ernest Weiss of Klinedinst PC dismissed those experts as hired guns brought in to secure a large verdict. Hickman’s attorney John Gomez told the jury that her concussion left her with an impaired memory, slowed mental processing, migraines and vertigo….

Hard Music California leaves three dead in 2016
Health & Safety , Live Events / September 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY / LIABILITY Live events sector   The Hard Music Summer Festival in California has left three people dead. The festival, in its ninth year, takes place at the Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. The music festival experienced two tragic deaths last year in 2015  Some 325 arrests were made at this year’s festival and Sheriff’s officials told KTLA that drugs including marijuana and methamphetamine were confiscated by the police. Reports say that the festival organisers have made attempts to create a safer environment for concert-goers, This year attendees were able to seek medical attention while at the festival if they had taken drugs without legal consequences. Water was readily available and shade was provided if people needed a break from the hot California sun. Temperatures reached the high ninties reports say. Organisers issued a statement saying ““We were deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of three people who attended the festival this weekend. While the causes of the deaths have not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep them in their prayers. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends.”   The three…

Love Parade tragedy – criminal charges dropped

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     A German court has ruled that the 10 people charged in connection with the deaths of 21 and injury of over 500 at the final Love Parade festival have “no case to answer”. The Festival, which began in 1989 as a Berlin-based free event, began travelling to different German cities each year in 2007, and was taking place in Duisburg in 2010. The event was always well attended, and though turnouts had fallen in the years prior to 2010, it was estimated by investigators that almost half a million people had attended that year on the site on a former freight rail yard. The site’s capacity, however, was 250,000 and despite the large number of people attending, crowds entering were funnelled through a single underpass (pictured), which quickly became crowded on the Saturday morning of the event – there was a surge in the crowd, which caused panic in the tunnel  -followed by a stampede. In 2014 six of the event’s organisers and four city workers were charged with negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. On conviction they faced up to five years in prison. All denied any wrongdoing. Earlier six people had…

Souper Groove volunteer’s death not unlawful
Health & Safety , Live Events / April 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     A volunteer’s death at a music festival has been ruled accidental, and not the result of any actions by police, a Monmouth County grand jury has ruled. Timothy Harden, 38, was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore Medical University Medical Center after an altercation with security and law enforcement officers at the Souper Groove Music Festival at the Priedaine New Jersey Latvian Society in Howell on September 5th of last year 2015. His family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Howell Township Police Department, the Latvian Society and the security agencies following his death, claiming that Harden died of “excessive force.” According to a release from Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, an investigation found that Harden, who was working as a volunteer at the music festival, had been acting erratically, and audience members had suspected he was under the influence of illegal substances. When approached to a security guard, Harden punched him the face in an “unprovoked attack.” A toxicology test revealed that Harden had cocaine, alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of death, “The cause of Harden’s death was determined to be as a result of drug-induced excited…

Dangerous Glastonbury flying stunt ends in fine
Health & Safety , Live Events / March 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY / AVIATION Live events sector     A paraglider gatecrasher has been fined for flying into the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. David Hoare, 59, used a paramotor and launched himself from a hill overlooking the site. He landed in the Sacred Space arena which was full of attendees on the Saturday night of last year’s festival. Security guards saw his canopy and heard the noise from his smaller propeller engine and removed him and the equipment. Hoare, of Somerton, Somerset, was prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority for flying into restricted airspace on June 27th 2015. Magistrates in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, heard that this was the second offence of the same nature committed by Hoare. He was previously fined £250 with £100 costs in November 2011 after trying to fly into Glastonbury in 2010. For the new offence Magistrates fined Hoare £400 and ordered him to pay £160 CAA prosecution costs. The CAA said: “We are determined to take action whenever necessary to protect members of the public, including prosecuting those responsible for flying into restricted airspace” adding “Although a paramotor is not classified as an aircraft, and as such the person flying it does not require a licence,…

Beyoncé faces police backlash after controversial Superbowl performance

HEALTH & SAFETY / CENSORSHIP Live events sector     Beyoncé is facing protest from the police as well as sports fans as well after her controversial halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Beyoncé’s  show featured outfits resembling Black Panther and Black Power regalia.  The performance, viewed by more than 112 million people, also featured an unmistakeable ‘X’ formation (believed to commemorate the legacy of Malcolm X) and was soon followed by the equally controversial video for ‘Formation’. Immediately after the show, New York Mets enthusiastically announced that Beyoncé was scheduled for an upcoming performance at Citi Field, but many Mets vented their anger in social media, with angry fans demanding Citi Field cancel her event. Now, a number of police unions are speaking out against the singer, with some urging all-out boycotts. Police unions in Miami, Nashville, New York, and Tampa, Florida are taking the lead. Miami police union president Javier Ortiz said “Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers, and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement”. The Tampa Police Benevolent Association expressed ‘disgust’ at both the half time performance and the ‘Formation’ video and urged “all law enforcement officers to boycott the purchase of Beyoncé’s…

Australian drug experts plan pill testing at festivals
Health & Safety , Live Events / March 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     The Australian drug expert who pioneered the nation’s first legal injecting centre has vowed to break the law in New South Wales and roll out pill testing at Sydney’s forthcoming music festivals. The president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, has joined forces with emergency medical specialist David Caldicott and they have announced that a privately funded drug testing “trial” will commence with or without the blessing of a NSW government.   The NSW government has repeatedly blocked the proposal in favour of a hard line, law enforcement strategy but Fairfax Media revealed that the NSW government has sought a secret briefing on how such a concept might occur, receiving a detailed,18-page research dossier “We are going to do this,” said Dr Wodak. “Doctors, analysts who know how to operate the [testing] machines and peer interviewers who can translate the scientific results and explain to people why the drug they bought is talcum powder or highly toxic. The idea is to save lives. I am prepared to break the law to save young people’s lives.” Dr Caldicott said: “It’s very straight forward. We want to run a trial at a…

Wood Dale Police ‘were aware’ of dangers of fast approaching festival storm
Health & Safety , Live Events / February 2016

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     New allegations have been made in the USA against the local police in Wood Dale, Illinois, after the death of one festival goer and injuries caused to nearly two dozen more at a suburban festival near Chicago which it is now said could have been prevented had the festival site been evacuated by the police ahead of a major storm. Thirty-five-year-old Steven Nincic was killed when a tent collapsed at Prairie Fest on 2 August 2015. According to police communications obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Wood Dale Police Department was aware of the storm but decided against evacuating attendees to a nearby school, with which it had a “tentative agreement” to use the building for shelter.   A lawsuit on behalf of the victims – which also includes an 81-year-old woman, Lorraine Nocek, whose family claim later died of her injuries – states that the festival’s organisers shouldn’t have gathered visitors together under a poorly secured tent in the storm. The tent was supplied by a firm called Classic Party Rentals. “[Classic Party Rentals] supplied tents, tables and various equipment,” says the victims’ lawyer, Michael Progar, “but they obviously didn’t organise anything.” Classic Party Rentals…

At least 45 dead after nightclub fire in Bucharest
Health & Safety , Live Events / December 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   At least forty people – mostly teenagers and young people – have been killed after fire broke out at a nightclub in Bucharest, officials say. The blaze took hold at the Colectiv club on Friday night (30th October), where rock band Goodbye to Gravity were celebrating a new album with a free concert, causing a stampede for the two small exits – one of which was reportedly closed or blocked. Emergency response chief Raed Arafat said 155 people were being treated in hospitals in the Romanian capital. The fire is believed to have been caused by fireworks that were let off inside the club. The pyrotechnics were reportedly part of a show by the heavy metal band, and ignited polystyrene decor in the club. Arafat told the BBC that “the only information we have is that fireworks were used in the club and after that the tragedy happened. Of course, this is under investigation”.  Local media reports suggesting two of the band are among those seriously injured or dead. Officials say  that they fear the death toll could as yet double in number.  Arafat, said people were treated for burns, smoke inhalation and…

Radiohead stage collapse death hearing begins
Health & Safety , Live Events / December 2015

HEALTH AND SAFETY Live events sector     The hearing into the death of Radiohead’s drum technician, 33 year old Scott Johnson, who was killed when the stage collapsed before a concert three years ago, has begun in Canada. Three other crew members were injured in the incident, which took place in Toronto’s Downsview Park on June 16, 2012, reports Exclaim. Live Nation Canada, Live Nation Ontario and Optex Staging and Services each face four charges under Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, while an engineer, Domenic Cugliari, faces one charge of endangering a worker by negligence. All have pleaded not guilty.  The concert, which was due to have been the final show on Radiohead’s 2012 North American tour, was cancelled following the tragedy.

Hugo Boss £1.2 million fine a timely reminder of health & safety penalties
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Designer clothing company Hugo Boss has been fined £1.2m after the death of a young boy who was crushed by a mirror at its Bicester Village store. Austen Harrison, four, suffered fatal head injuries at the Oxfordshire outlet store in June 2013. Austen, from Crawley, West Sussex, had been playing with the steel-framed fitting-room mirror, described as being balanced upright like a “domino piece”, when it toppled on to him while his father tried on a suit. The ‘pop up’ store had been quickly converted from its previous user to house the Hugo Boss outlet. Monthly health and safety checks were not undertaken. Oxford Crown Court heard the 2,1 metre high 19 stone mirror had “negligently been left free-standing without any fixings”. An inquest at Oxford Coroners’s Court had earlier found that the mirror should have been fixed to a reinforced wall.  The Company had previously admitted offences under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Judge Peter Ross said  “it would have been obvious to the untrained eye” that the mirror posed a risk, and that “it was nothing short of…

Wine Bar fined £100,000 after liquid nitrogen drink destroyed a customer’s stomach
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A wine bar has been fined £100,000 after a woman drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen which caused so much damage she had to have her stomach removed. Gaby Scanlon, of Heysham, Lancashire, had been celebrating her 18th birthday in 2012 with friends at Oscar’s Wine Bar in Lancaster when she was given a free a Nitro-Jagermeister shot. As soon as she swallowed her drink she felt an explosion in her stomach  and a smoke like vapour came out of her nose. Ms Scanlon said she  felt her stomach expand.  The court heard Ms Scanlon was left close to death after drinking the drink which usually cost £3.95 shot. She was taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary, where a CT scan found a large perforation in her stomach. Ms Scanlon, now 20, spent three weeks in hospital, undergoing surgery to remove her stomach and connect her oesophagus directly to her small bowel. Her solicitors told the court the experience, on 4 October 2012, had “completely changed” her life. She now suffers from “episodes of agonising pain”, has to avoid some foods and can no longer enjoy eating, they said. The Bar, which had opened…

Drone fine is welcome news for event safety
Health & Safety , Live Events / October 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     The danger of drones falling out of the sky (and things falling from drones) has recently begun to trouble event organisers – including sports events, outdoor music events and festivals. Now Nottingham based Nigel Wilson, 42, has been convicted flying unmanned devices over built-up public places, or without direct sight of the aircraft, which is prohibited under sections 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009. Wilson flew drones over Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium during a match in September 2014, flying so close to the ground that police horses were “startled” and officers struggled to control them, according to a police statement. He also flew drones over Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in North London, Derby County’s iPro stadium, and Manchester City’s Etihad stadium, all on busy match days. After the Manchester incident, on the 18th October 2014 Wilson was arrested by Greater Manchester police. Wilson was bailed, but then arrested again by Metropolitan Police, who were carrying out an investigation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), after it emerged he had also been flying drones over London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Shard, HMS Belfast and the Houses of Parliament. Westminster Magistrates Court…

ICCMSS Board restructures as ICE, the Institute of Crowd Education
Health & Safety / September 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector     The Board of the International Centre for Crowd Management & Security Studies (ICCMSS) will  re-launch the crowd safety centre this autumn as the Institute of Crowd Education (ICE). After two years of redevelopment ICE, will be launched to coincide with the Reeperbahn Festival in septeber and then Eurosonic/Noorderslag convention in early January. The Board has spent over two years redeveloping the brand, its strategy and focus. ICE is now ready to drive crowd education, research and training forward to a new level.   The Board, made up of the leading authorities on crowd safety and security in the UK and Europe, has carefully crafted the new institute to support those aspiring to make events safer. Many of those involved in the institute have been prime movers in the development of groundbreaking innovations across the crowded space environment. These include making safe major events hosting hundreds of thousands of people, solving complex problems at transport hubs across the world, the architectural development of new stadia and the delivery of safe public spaces.   The institute will be working with Universities across the world in the development of innovative practices to meet the increasingly…

Stafford Borough Council fined £20,000 after Tallescope collapse
Health & Safety , Live Events / August 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Stafford Borough Council has been fined £20,000 after an incident at a theatre in which a worker suffered fractured bone in his back. Stafford Magistrates’ Court heard that two employees at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre were using a tallescope (a telescopic aluminium manually operated work platform, used for one-person spot access) to undertake high level work to stage curtains and projector. One of the workers, Mark Elkin, 33, was in the caged working platform at the top of the tallescope, approximately 4.5 metres high, as his colleague manoeuvred it around the stage to relocate it when the apparatus overturned. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told the court the incident on 16 July 2014 should never have happened and the court was told that applicable guidelines had been contravened on many previous occasions. The court heard no suitable risk assessment had been carried out for the use of the tallescope at the theatre. If it had, the manufacturer’s instructions on a warning label on the apparatus stating it should not be rolled with men or materials on platform should have been highlighted. Mr Elkin suffered a fracture at the base of the…

Greg Allman biopic death leads to two year prison sentence
Criminal Law , Health & Safety / April 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY / CRIMINAL Film, TV   The director of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic has issued a statement after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. Randall Miller was prosecuted over the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones while filming ‘Midnight Rider‘, a movie based on Allman’s autobiography. The crew had been preparing to film on a railway bridge when a train unexpectedly appeared, hitting a metal framed bed that had been placed on the tracks, injuring six and killing Jones. Miller agreed to a last minute plea bargain ahead of his trial which meant that producer Jody Savin, who is also Miller’s wife, had charges against her dropped, Miller received a two year jail sentence. He also agreed to serve an additional eight years on probation and pay a $20,000 fine.Executive Producer Jay Sedrish agreed to ten years probation. Miller’s statement reads: “On 20 Feb 2014, a great number of mistakes were made and the terrible accident occurred which took Sarah Jones’ life. It was a horrible tragedy that will haunt me forever. Although I relied on my team, it is ultimately my responsibility and was my decision to shoot the scripted scene that caused this…

Fishbone plead for funds to fight stage diving claim
Health & Safety , Live Events / April 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Angelo Moore, the front man of Fishbone, has posted a fundraising plea on fundrazr.com explaining that the band are still facing legal action from a litigant named as Kimberley Myers over a stage diving incident. These are Angelo’s words: “Kimberly Myers and Her 4 man Lawyer team THE JOKELSONS have successfully sued the Philadelphia campus, the club, our management and our booking agent and for some strange reason, have been given Yet ANOTHER opportunity to re-open the $1.4million law suit ………..AGAIN! We had legal representation but could’nt afford to keep them. Believe it or not we are barely living month to month with the money that we make from our shows which does’nt allow us any Funds to pay for a lawyer. But with your donation and support we can hire another lawyer  to face the judge and represent us one last time. This will put and end to this FaLse and unfair acusation and completley dropped once and for all. If you love Fishbone and the music that we have brought to you all these years along with the right of freedom of expression through dance. Please donate to our legal fund.” Kimberley Myers had…

Lamb of God fan sues Live Nation over spinal injuries after gig fall
Health & Safety , Live Events / February 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A man is suing Live Nation over spinal injuries he sustained when he was “trampled” at a Lamb of God show in 2012. According to reports, William Tarantino claims that during a performance by the metal band at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut in November 2012, he was “violently knocked to the ground and trampled, sustaining … severe [and] painful injuries … some of which are permanent”. He accuses Live Nation, the show’s promoter, of “negligence and carelessness” by failing to “provide adequate security” to deal with what would likely be a raucous audience, based on other Lamb of God gigs. Though Tarantino’s complaint seems to describe metal audiences generally, and it’s not clear what measures he feels should have been put in place by Live Nation to avoid the sudden surge that led to his injuries. CMU Daily reported that Tarantino is seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages. Lamb of God themselves are not named on the lawsuit. Frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2013 on suspicions of manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage at one of their concerts. Blythe was eventually cleared…

SIA updates on Business Licensing
Health & Safety , Live Events / February 2015

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   The UK’s Security Industry Authority has issued a press release saying that the Home Office is “continuing to work with the security industry and the Security Industry Authority on the development of regulation for the private security industry.” In December 2014, the Home Office said the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private security businesses to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May 2015. Business licensing is subject to Ministerial and Parliamentary approval and the approval of Ministers in the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. However both the Conservative and Labour parties support the scheme. The Scottish Government and Department of Justice for Northern Ireland have indicated that they are supportive of a consistent, UK-wide regulatory regime.   http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/business-licensing.aspx

Security man sues Kiss over concert slip
Health & Safety , Live Events / November 2014

HEALTH AND SAFETY Live events sector   Timothy Funk, a security guard at the 25,000 capacity Klipsch Music Centre in Noblesville is suing the venue and the rock band KISS , their bassist Gene Simmons, his company and promoter Live Nation over claims that he suffered an injury after the band “foolishly sprayed the stage with water and confetti” on the 1st September 2012. Funk is seeking damages for injury and loss of wages and costs after falling on the ‘slippery, waxy and glassy’ stage.

Ultra security guard sues over collapsed fence injuries
Health & Safety , Live Events / November 2014

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A security guard injured when gatecrashers pushed down a perimeter fence at the Miami edition of the Ultra festival earlier this year has filed legal proceedings seeking $10 million in damages. Defendants include Ultra and its parent company Event Entertainment Group, the city of Miami, the firm handling security at the festival, and one of the concession operators at the event. Erika Mach suffered two skull fractures and a broken leg when fencing was pushed over. City officials subsequently said they’d warned festival organisers that the particular area of fencing that Mach was guarding was in risk of collapse if targeted by gatecrashers, leading to Miami mayor Tomas Regalado threatening to block future Ultra festivals in the city. According to Billboard, Mack alleges that inappropriate fencing had been used in that zone because the concession company also targeted in the lawsuit had requested a less severe kind of barricade to make it easier for them to access the festival site. http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6296833/trampled-ultra-security-guard-files-10-million

Theatre fall leads to prosecution and civil claim
Health & Safety , Live Events / November 2014

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A award winning theatre company faces a ‘substantial’ fine after a stage hand was left paralysed after walking through an unmarked “Juliet” door and tumbling 10ft onto the stage below. Rachael Presdee, 38, spent six months in hospital and was left paraplegic following the accident at Soho Theatre in central London, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. She is now wheelchair-bound and, unable to continue her career in theatre, has returned to her native Australia. The Soho Theatre Company Ltd pleaded guilty to Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act for failing to protect the safety of visiting production staff, and to Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations for failing to identify and manage the risk to which such persons were exposed. The prosecution was brought by Westminster City Council Miss Presdee was working backstage on a 2012 production of Boys. The court heard Miss Presdee was adjusting the stage lights for an evening performance when she walked through the unlocked door – traditionally used for the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet – into “thin air”. The door had been identified as a potential safety…

Arrest in Fisherman’s Friend tragedy
Health & Safety , Live Events / September 2014

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   A man has been arrested over the deaths of Fisherman’s Friends singer Trevor Grills and the group’s tour manager Paul McMullen. Both were killed last year after a metal door fell on them while the group waited to perform a show in Guildford. The 55 year old man, from Bridgenorth, Shropshire, is being questioned by Surrey Police on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. McMullen died on-site at Guildford’s 1,700 capacity G Live venue in February 2013, having been trapped and critically injured by the collapsed door in a loading bay at the site, which is owned by Guildford Borough Council.  Grills died two days later of head injuries. http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/fishermans-friends-deaths—man-7561653

As venues face increasing complains from new neighbours – MVT calls for an urgent review of noise laws

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   The Music Venue Trust has launched a petition calling on the UK’s Secretary Of State for the Environment Owen Paterson to “carry out an urgent review of noise abatement legislation”, after concerns that long-standing gig venues could face closure because of a small number of noise complaints. The move comes as two venues, Night & Day in Manchester and The Blind Tiger in Brighton (right) have recently run into problems after their respective local councils received complaints from local residents about noise. In both cases it has been alleged that the complaints have come from people who have relatively recently moved into properties near the venues. And then complain. The current laws prompted a lengthy spat between the Ministry of Sound and developers Oakmayne who now have permission to build 335 apartments and 65 affordable homes on the Eileen House site in Newington Causeway near the Ministry of Sound. The nightclub in Elephant and Castle had protested against the building as they feared noise complaints could force the venue to closure and after intervention of Mayor Boris Johnson the developer agreed to alter the block to protect residents from loud music.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25642151

Toppling pole could result in prosecution
Health & Safety , Live Events / April 2014

HEALTH & SAFETY Live events sector   Tega (Hull) Ltd has been prosecuted after a worker was hit by a toppling metal column as the stage was being prepared for the popular Classics in the Park festival in East Yorkshire. The Company was charged with safety failures after a joint investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and East Riding Council. It admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at a hearing before Magistrates last year. The HSE told the court the worker was part of a team erecting a temporary stage at Brantingham Park, Elloughton, for the 2011 concerts. The men were attempting to raise the first of four columns to support the stage roof on 6 July 2011 – four days before the opening night – when the incident happened. A forklift truck was to pull the column upright from its horizontal position on the stage while four workers pushed it from beneath. On the third attempt, however, the truck slid backwards on wet grass and the column fell, hitting one of the men. The worker, 54, from Thorngumbald in East Yorkshire, suffered serious fractures to his lower left…

Tyler faces charges for inciting crowd unrest

HEALTH & SAFETY / CRIMINAL Live events sector   Tyler The Creator has been arrested as he was leaving South By South West in Austin, Texas, over an alleged incident at one of his shows at the festival. According to Austin police, there was a sizable crowd queuing up to get into the rapper’s showcase event, the management of which became tricky after Tyler allegedly shouted from the stage, “All y’all outside the gates, y’all push through”. Officers claim the rapper suggested those outside push into the already at-capacity venue twice, resulting in unruly behaviour from those waiting to get in. Police reps say the rapper then apologised, swore about the venue’s door staff and walked off stage. Confirming that Tyler had subsequently been arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport in relation to the incident, a statement from the Austin Police Department reads: “Regardless of the size of a crowd, the encouragement of unruly and unlawful behaviour is against the law and cannot be tolerated”. The rapper is accused of “encouraging behaviour causing an immediate danger and injury to persons”, which could result in a year in jail and a $4000 fine if he was to be convicted of the crime. Police…

13 former police officers face charges over Hillsborough deaths

HEALTH & SAFETY / CRIMINAL Live events sector   Thirteen retired or serving police officers have been identified as “suspects” in the continuing investigation into the police cover-up after the Hillsborough disaster, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said. The commission said 11 of these officers, who had been on duty on the day, had already been interviewed under caution relating to a range of offences including manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice. A spokesman said the other two would be interviewed in the near future. It is not clear what rank of officers have been identified as suspects or how many are serving or are retired. Four of the individuals have been identified by both the IPCC investigation into the cover-up and the new criminal inquiry into the 1989 tragedy. Seven other individuals are facing charges. The news emerged on the eve of the opening of inquests into the 96 Hillsborough victims in Warrington on Monday. Britain’s worst sporting disaster happened on 15 April 1989 during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday’s Leppings Lane terrace.  The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766…

Ten charged over Love Parade tragedy
Health & Safety , Live Events / March 2014

HEALTH AND SAFETY Live events sector   Ten people have been charged under German law with negligent manslaughter in relation to the to the fatal stampede that occurred at Germany’s Love Parade festival in 2010 which left 21 people dead and over five hundred more injured. The Festival, which began in 1989 as a Berlin-based free event, began travelling to different German cities each year in 2007, and was taking place in Duisburg in 2010. The event was always well attended, and though turnouts had fallen in the years prior to 2010, it was estimated by investigators that almost half a million people had attended that year on the site on a former freight rail yard. The site’s capacity, however, was 250,000 and despite the large number of people attending, crowds entering were funnelled through a single underpass, which quickly became crowded on the Saturday morning of the event there was a surge in the crowd, which caused panic in the tunnel followed by a stampede. Six of the event’s organisers and four city workers have been charged with negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison each. All deny any wrongdoing. The…