A Risky Decision Costa Lot

December 11th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

As ABC News reported, Captain Francesco Schettino of the wrecked Costa Concordia ship has defended himself in court this month against charges of abandoning ship and manslaughter, painting a confusing picture of why the disastrous shipwreck occurred in 2012.

In response to questions relating to why he had allowed the massive vessel carrying 4,229 people to detour from the set route, towards rocks that were to cause it to capsize, Schettino’s account in a Tuscan courtroom early this month reportedly laid blame to “everyone but himself”.

Accused of wanting to impress a female passenger Schettino had dined with on the night of the incident, he responded that he had wanted to give all passengers a better view than the set route offered, but it was the helmsman who had steered the Concordia in the ultimately disastrous direction.… Continue reading »

A Tragic Loss of a Cricketing Hero

December 10th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The tragic story of a young Australian sportsman taken too soon while playing the game he lived for struck a particularly strong chord with the nation last month. Tributes for 25 year old batsman Phillip Hughes poured in following news of his death on November 27. His funeral service in Macksville drew a crowd of over 5, 000 people, and was broadcast around the country. In celebrating his life, there have been many reflections on the cause of his death, and how it might have been prevented.

In an injury that has been described as a “horrible fluke” according to ABC News, on Tuesday November 25, Hughes was struck behind the left ear with a short pitched delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and collapsed.… Continue reading »

Turfco Tragedy

December 10th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A young man was tragically killed at a Turfco worksite in southern NSW early this month in a workplace related accident, highlighting the importance of commitment to Workplace Health and Safety responsibilities for us all. As Fox Sports reported, 19 year old Blaine Rozs was using a tractor with a workmate to stack turf, when a vehicle attachment struck him. Paramedics were called to the scene, however he sadly died from crush injuries before help arrived. Having played for the St George Illawarra Dragons Under-20s team, Blaine was considered a “respected and highly regarded” player, and at such a young age, it seems particularly shocking that this accident has removed him from a promising future.… Continue reading »

Risks on the Turf Track

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A torrid time in horse racing last month saw two fatal jockey falls within a week. As Fairfax reported, 19-year-old Caitlin was an apprentice jockey who was a professional rider in South Australia.  At the time of the incident she was leading a race at Murray Bridge when her horse collapsed, throwing her to the ground.

The young jockey remained in critical condition while she was transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where she died overnight, as reported on the website, ‘Adelaide Now’. At the time of this article a review was being conducted by Thoroughbred Racing SA to determine the causes of the incident.… Continue reading »

Dragon Dreaming Festival

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A total of 74 people were found in the possession of prohibited drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, ice and magic mushrooms at last weekend’s Dragon Dreaming Festival in Wee Jasper, NSW.

This festival is a four day event that allows for attendees to camp out to celebrate art, music nature and the freedom of self-expression. As ABC News reported, 18 NSW police officers and two drugs dogs were monitoring the event with a crowd of 2,500 people in attendance.  For the size of the crowd, police were highly disappointed and concerned for the safety of those at the festival.

In comparison, 29 people out of the 23,000 in attendance at the 2014 Melbourne Big Day Out were found to be in the possession of illegal drugs, as reported by The Age.  The Daily Telegraph have reported that police will begin working with all festival organisers to mitigate the risks for the event in the future.… Continue reading »

Close Call for Barangaroo Construction

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

New findings have revealed that the March fire at Sydney’s Barangaroo construction site could have caused a lot more damage than it did, as an 86-metre crane and concrete blocks came extremely close to collapse. Fairfax reported that Fire and Rescue NSW documents show that supports at the base of the crane were engulfed in flames, while floor temperatures reached 1100 degrees, with the potential to have caused the crane to “rapidly collapse”. Three possible ignition sources were identified in the report which has now been handed over to Workcover NSW for further investigation. The presence of a highly combustible filler on the ground floor and basement levels of the site has been established, despite sufficient ventilation in these areas.… Continue reading »

Adelaide Show Ride Tragedy

October 2nd, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Last month the Royal Adelaide Show was the scene of an amusement ride fatality involving an eight year old girl.  On 12 September, the girl fell 10 metres to her death from the Show’s new ride, Airmaxx 360.  In the aftermath, the Show’s Chief Executive Mr John Rothwell was reported by Fairfax as stating  that all rides at the show were subject to daily checks and a national compliance audit by regulatory authorities.  The ride in question was a new addition to the Show, and it had appeared previously at shows in Sydney and Brisbane earlier in the year with no safety-related complications.… Continue reading »

Heightened Security Threat Requires Tolerance and Vigilence

October 2nd, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

With the Federal Government announcing an increase to the national terrorism alert level in Australia, public venues and event organisers have responded with a ‘ramping’ up of security protocols across their operations; particularly throughout the footy finals and into the upcoming summer event season.  Such changes may include increases in labour force security and police numbers, a tightening of restricted items policies, more stringent bag searches, and other additional layers of security screening and monitoring. The upshot of such changes will be an impact on patron queue times on entry and a need to inform customers to change arrival habits at the event or venue.… Continue reading »

Fappening is Happening

October 2nd, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Jennifer Lawrence, Arianna Grande and Kim Kardashian are amongst the extensive list of celebrities that have had their iCloud accounts’ hacked throughout the last month, resulting in a number of their nude images being uploaded online. As The Sydney Morning Herald reported, the stars’ private images were uploaded for the world to view via the online viral image sharing forums, 4chan, Reddit and most recently, Fappening.  There has been no confirmation that these leaks have resulted from a breach in the security of Apple’s iCloud system, and Apple has stated that they are assisting in an investigation. The unfortunate incident raises questions of risks associated with data stored in ‘the cloud’ or any other other online digital platform.… Continue reading »

Tiger Turns Nasty

August 7th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Big Cat handler Mr. Mark Turner was the subject of Australia Zoo’s third-ever tiger attack late last month, and underwent emergency surgery for his punctured left leg. As reported by The Australian newspaper, ‘Juma’ is the largest tiger at the Queensland-based zoo (founded by the father of the late Steve Irwin), and is not known to be aggressive. In November 2013, a different tiger at the Zoo reportedly mistook a handler for a mauling toy, and bit him on his neck.  His injury and slow recovery prevented him from working at the Zoo for months.

The incidents demonstrate the occupational hazard of working with animals that have the potential to inflict serious harm.… Continue reading »