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 new statement, reasserting that the festival is “cooperating with WorkSafe in its investigation” and will “definitely” return in 2017.