Airport Outage

July 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A power failure at Sydney Airport in late June has sparked criticism from many passengers for the ensuing delays and cancellations, and has highlighted the importance of contingency planning for large venues whose operations rely heavily on power.

As SBS television reported, the failure became apparent at 9am on a Friday morning as check-in and baggage screening and air-conditioning systems failed. The failure had flow-on effects in greater Sydney, with traffic delays leading to and from the airport, as well as nationally as planes were instructed not to land at the terminal due to non-functional gangways.

All airlines operating from Terminal 2 were affected, namely, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex and Tiger.… Continue reading »

Todd Carney’s Career Bubbles Away

July 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A confronting display of participating in what is reportedly a trend in the skating community has landed NRL player, Todd Carney in dire circumstances. His $650, 000 a year contract with the Cronulla Sharks Football Club, of which three years remained, has been terminated. As the Daily Telegraph reported, an image of the footballer apparently drinking his own urine while urinating at a  nightclub was posted to Twitter in late June, before going viral on social media.

After the image was circulated to the Sharks’ club management, an emergency meeting was held at their home ground, where the termination of his contract was made effective immediately.… Continue reading »

Paul the World Cup Psychic Octopus

July 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

In 2010, the outcome of each of the eight final FIFA Cup games was accurately predicted by what was deemed to be a psychic cephalopod, Paul the Octopus. To refresh your memory, Paul was housed in a tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen in Germany, and correctly picked which team would win by eating from one of two boxes that was marked with the flag of the countries that were playing.

As the Football World Cup in Brazil draws toward the finals, we wait in anticipation for the next seafood star to become famous for their picks.

As we reported in *#IT Happens back in 2010, the chance of picking all eight finals matches is less than half a percent.… Continue reading »


May 23rd, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

In our May edition of Reliance Risk’s newsletter *#IT Happens, the banner heading for our Youtube section states: “These clips will leave you laughing at the bizarre and disastrous situations life can throw at us!”  Contained in this section are Youtube clips covering the deaths from the failed home insulation program in Australia, risk-taking behaviour on trains, and other stories.

This heading was not intended for publication and should not be taken to detract from the serious nature of these news items.  On behalf of Reliance Risk I sincerely apologise for any offence this may have caused.

Wayne Middleton


Reliance Risk… Continue reading »

Murder Charges Over Sewol

May 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

With recent reports of three crew members and the captain facing murder charges over the South Korean ferry disaster, the importance of all workers abiding by safety regulations has been highlighted in a most tragic manner. As BBC News reported, the Sewol ferry capsized and sank on its journey to Jewol last month, after being allowed to leave the port carrying in excess of 2000 tonnes of cargo – three times greater than the ship’s safety survey permits.

284 passengers have been confirmed dead and search efforts continue to attempt to recover the 20 missing, while 172 passengers and all 15 crew members survived.… Continue reading »

Wall Fall

May 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The risks arising from failing to adhere to structural design and building regulations have been in focus recently, with construction giant Grocon charged in relation to the collapse of a wall on one of their building sites in Melbourne last year.

As ABC News reported, three people died as a result of the brick wall toppling over in Melbourne’s Swanston Street in March 2013, which allegedly had signage inappropriately attached to it that made the wall unsafe in windy conditions. Aussie Signs was the subcontractor engaged to affix the signage to the wall, and appeared in court with Grocon representatives in late April this year to face criminal charges filed by WorkSafe Victoria for breaches under the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.… Continue reading »

From Hero to Zero

May 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The transition from super-fit, celebrated sportsperson to ordinary civilian is apparently a slippery slope, with Geoff Huegill the latest ex-Olympic swimmer to succumb to illicit drug use. As The Australian newspaper reported, Huegill and his wife Sara appeared in Waverley Local Court earlier this month for a charge of possessing less than one gram each of cocaine at an event at Randwick Racecourse. While the couple was not convicted of the charge, they have each been sentenced to a six month good behaviour bond.

Dietary supplement giant ‘Swisse’ have announced that they will not be renewing Huegill’s sponsorship deal which ended this month, and his behaviour may have implications for a range of other sponsors – including Austswim and Speedo – associated with the swimmer.… Continue reading »

Drone Drops on Triathlon

April 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A triathlon event with over 200 competitors in Geraldton, West Australia, was rudely interrupted when a competitor was allegedly hit in the head by a drone, as Fairfax Media reported. The unmanned aircraft was recording the Endure Batavia Triathlon, when it fell down upon Raija Adgen, who was taken to hospital and treated with three stitches to her head. According to the article the drone was operated by New Era Photography and Film, who were reportedly not receiving a fee for their activities for the event, but were to be allocated advertising space on the event organiser, Geraldton Triathlon Club’s, publications in-kind.… Continue reading »

Football Risks and Rewards

April 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

#*IT Happens has previously explored the risks of playing football, affecting players from many codes – from grassroots level to professional sports with the reported long-term effects of concussion. Well last month there was another high profile reminder of the risks of playing football.

Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon, was diagnosed with quadriplegia following an on-field tackle during a first grade match against the Melbourne Storm. According to SBS News, the 22-year-old had two vertebrae broken while in a tackle between the Storms’ player Jordan McLean, and Bromwich brothers Jesse and Kenny.

A judiciary panel found McLean guilty of a lifting tackle, and has suspended him for seven matches due to his “substantial responsibility” for the severity of McKinnon’s injuries.… Continue reading »

MH370 – In 2014: How can a plane just disappear?

April 21st, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The big story for last month was the disappearance of a Boeing 777-200ER; Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on a flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with the apparent loss of all 239 people on board. What has amounted to one of the greatest modern day aviation mysteries; how can a modern commercial airliner just vanish from the skies?  The plane’s modern communications systems were seemingly switched off immediately prior to the aircraft changing course and disappearing.

After a month of searching, the multi-national taskforce has narrowed down the search area to an area of the southern Indian Ocean.  Coordinated by Australia because of the search zone’s proximity to Australian Waters, bullish messages from the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott would suggest that finding of wreckage is not far away.  However at the time of this article, no such confirmations of any wreckage had taken place.  Until the wreckage and particularly the black box voice and data recorders are located, speculation will continue as to what has caused this terrible disaster.… Continue reading »