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The importance of safety for a live event.
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Close call at Academy Theatre

Close call at Academy Theatre | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

In any production or live event, safety should be the number one priority.  In this performing arts theatre there was another lighting incident where a stage curtain was too close to a lighting fixture and caught fire.  If the curtain was properly treated it should have either smoldered, but instead the curtain actually burned.  The burning curtain showed that it wasn't properly treated, as a result 2 people had to be treated on the scene. 

 

PROS/CONS

 

PROS:  The pros of this particular situation is that the fire happened at 4:30pm, hours prior to the show.  If it happened during the sold out show, many more people may have been injured

 

CONS:  2 people were injured, equipment was damaged, and after the news of the incident got out, people may not want to go to the show or even return back to that venue again.

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Lighting hits two at KISS concert

Lighting hits two at KISS concert | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
Fans were lucky to escape injury when glam rockers KISS literally brought down the house during their Brisbane show last night.
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

This is a good example of how important it is to build a lighting rig properly, and double checking equipment before the show to prevent any injuries to the band, crew, or even the fans.  Especially when shooting projectile pyrotechnics into the ceiling.

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Jordan Fleagle's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:41 PM

This is a great example of improper stage rigging. Stage rigging should be carefully completed. Lights over any people are a danger if lights are not properly hung. Thankfully at this concert only 2 people we hit by this falling light bar. There should have been a safety cable around the bar and the truss in case the clamp fails, as it did during this concert. 

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WATCH: Fire Breaks Out Above Stage At Rihanna Concert, Attendees Evacuated

WATCH: Fire Breaks Out Above Stage At Rihanna Concert, Attendees Evacuated | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
A Rihanna concert in Dallas was cut short Friday night after a small fire broke out above the stage.
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

Another example of how rigging stage and concert lighting improperly could result in a dangerous situation, and could potentially injure many people.  The sources stated the fire started because a lighting fixture caught the curtains and part of the stage on fire.  They had to cancel the concert.

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Jordan Fleagle's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:33 PM

This is a video about how a fire breaks out on the lighting rig during a concert. When dealing with crowds of people, the stage managers and riggers have to be very careful and cautious of potential danger that could occur above the crowd or stage. Thankfully, the fire was put out before it got out of control, but it never should have ignited in the first place. 

 

Pro: Nobody was hurt during this fire. It did not cause any collaps of the stage rig. 

 

Con: The rig caught on fire inside a building full of thousands of people. This could have spread and turned in to something much worse. 

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Miguel fan claiming she has brain damage from his Billboard Music Awards accident

Miguel fan claiming she has brain damage from his Billboard Music Awards accident | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
Khyati Shah’s lawyer told the gossip site that his client is having persistent issues from the incident.
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

After singer Miguel tried to jump across a group of fans at the VMA's on to another stage on the opposite side and landed on one of the fans' neck, it shows that not only the production crew is responsible for safety, but the cast and performers are also equally responsible.  He should have know not to have taken such a risk, especially at the expense of his fans and people in the crowd.

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Main Stage Crash Seriously Injures 2 Workers

Main Stage Crash Seriously Injures 2 Workers | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
MIAMI (AP) -- A large LED screen being set up for the Ultra Music Festival crashed onto the main stage Thursday night in downtown Miami, seriously injuring two workers. Fire rescue workers responded to Bayfront Park at about 8 p.m.
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

When building an elaborate stage display with complex rigging and large oversized screens, structural engineers have an important job when designing and contructing live event structures ensuring all safety requirements are met.  If this incident would have happened during the show, more than 4 people would have gotten injured as well as more equipment would have been damaged.

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OSHA investigating death of 'Ka' artist; MGM Grand show closes at least through July 9

OSHA investigating death of 'Ka' artist; MGM Grand show closes at least through July 9 | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
Two days after "Ka" artist Sarah Guyard-Guillot died after a fall during a performance Saturday night at MGM Grand, OSHA is beginning an investigation as to why the 31-year-old artist plummeted from the show's stage in front of a stunned audience.
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

This is a very sad story and an extreme example of what could happen when safety is neglected or overlooked. Especially during such a complex high risk maneuver show like Cirque du Soleil "Ka".

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Metallica Stage Crew Members Catch Fire: Staged or Not?

Metallica Stage Crew Members Catch Fire: Staged or Not? | Concert & Stage Safety | Scoop.it
Metallica were back in action in Mexico City Saturday night (July 28) and part of their performance had some fans fearing the worst for a pair of stage crew
Kevin M. Krupa's insight:

Whether it was a staged "accident" or not, it doesn't change the fact that pyrotechnics are dangerous as it is.  There's no reason you should be setting someone on fire.  It leaves too much of a risk for audience and anyone else in the venue to get severely injured.

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