Conference Update – YouRope

November 8th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

YouRope is the Festival Association of Europe.  It has 90+ members across 27 countries representing music festivals, venues and suppliers to that industry.  YouRope has a safety forum known as the YouRope Event Safety (YES) Group.  The Group’s charter is to improve industry knowledge and safety standards at music festivals.  In September this year, the Group held its 22nd annual Safety Seminar at Missenden Abbey, outside London.  The attendees at the conference included groups from festivals, emergency services, suppliers and university academics.

The focus of the conference was on event management, security and crisis, referencing various issues that had occurred during the recent European summer festival season.   I was fortunate enough to attend and present a paper on Crisis Communications at events.… Continue reading »

The Politics of Social Media

November 8th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

While this email is arriving in your inbox, the United States will be voting for their next President.

In one of the longest and most hostile campaigns for the White House ever, the final two parties have given us a masterclasses in social media use – both good and bad – relying heavily on various platforms, live streaming and interactive exchanges with voters, to expand their reach across the nation.  Some examples have been engaging and useful, while others have been disastrous.

At home, Australian politicians have more frequently come to use social media to disseminate information, and it can build popularity, as was the case with the NSW Premier Mike Baird, applauded for his open communication and his Bachelorette updates, only to fall prey to trolls as the popularity of his political office wanes.… Continue reading »

Trust Me – You Need a Back Up Generator

November 8th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Melbourne Cup Day – The race that stops the nation.  Workplaces shut down, pubs pause and televisions across the country (and around the world), are glued to the broadcast.  All, except for the televisions at the Brisbane Race Club.

For the first Tuesday in November, someone forgot to order a backup generator for Cup Day Racing, when a reported power fault plunged Eagle Farm into darkness just moments before the running of Flemington’s Race 7.  Punters were left diving for their mobile phones or other venues to watch the big race, with power lost for over an hour.

The power outage stopped all racing on the site, took out the catering and betting systems, preventing some punters from placing bets on the main and following races – the overall estimated cost to the Brisbane Racing Club – was reported as being in the vicinity $300K.  The Courier Mail has reported that an ongoing investigation into the incident has already resulted in one resignation, and highlights the importance of ensuring that event contingencies, which are normally planned for, are actually put in place.… Continue reading »

When Safety Meets Hollywood

September 12th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

While on the set filming of the latest Star Wars film, it seems Harrison Ford had more to worry about than the Empire after a hydraulic door on the iconic Millennium Falcon failed and crushed its captain, “Han Solo”.  The 71-year old actor broke bones in his left leg when a door to the entrance of the ship, pinned him to the ground on the set in London.

The responsible production company was charged with two breaches under the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for putting an employee at ‘risk of death’, that was only prevented by the activation of an emergency stop.… Continue reading »

The beach ban that was about security has been overturned

September 12th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Last month several towns along the French Riviera overturned a ban on the ‘burkini’, in accordance with the ruling of the country’s highest administrative court.

The burkini is a type of swimsuit for women, designed in Australia. The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, and is worn for swimming. The design is intended to respect the Islamic traditions of modest dress. In 2016, a number of French municipalities banned the use of burkini on the basis of perceived security concerns, which sparked an international controversy.

As reported by CNN, critics of the burkini related the swimsuit to a positive affirmation of extreme Islamic views, and considered it a threat to public safety, citing recent terrorist related events in the region.

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Roller Coasters that coast to a stop

September 12th, 2016 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

In the Northern Hemisphere Summer there has been a recent spate of roller coaster incidents that have delivered a different type of experience for their adventurous passengers.

As reported by the BBC, at Alton Towers theme park in the UK, the ‘Smile’ ride had almost reached the top of its first incline when it suddenly stopped, leaving riders with a view of the sky above and a dramatic drop below. This was the second emergency in recent months, after a more serious incident in June 2015 saw a number of people seriously injured when the cart they were travelling in hit another cart on the ride at approximately 80 km/h.Continue reading »

Drones – the miss misses and updated rules

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The emergence of drones, to date called ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ or UVA’s has seen the Civil Aviation Authority update their regulations to best reflect the changing use of these small but potentially dangerous aircraft.

Further to our news story earlier this year, there have been several dramatic near misses between drones and commercial aircraft.  In Adelaide the pilot of a skydiving plane reported a drone around 100 feet below her, at approximately 1,100 feet, more than 700 feet above the 400 feet ceiling imposed on the small aircraft.

In the UK, a British Airways passenger jet reported a drone struck the aircrafts window on approach to Heathrow Airport, where numerous other near misses have also been reported by a raft of pilots.  The United States Federal Aviation Authority has reported more than 600 near misses during the 5 month period to May 2016, but to date there have been no reported collisions.… Continue reading »

When inflatable arches attack!

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The 2016 Tour de France saw an additional obstacle to the 3,529 kilometres when an inflatable arch, sporting the races main sponsor, deflated during the final section of the seventh stage of the iconic event.

In its 103rd outing the race saw all 198 rides commence the stage, but it was rider Adam Yates that was hit and thrown from his bike when the arch collapsed.  Englishman Yates needed stitches in his chin and sustained a shoulder injury after the arch suddenly collapsed directly on top of him.

With the rest of the pack not far behind, the procedure employed by race organisers saw the arch manually held up over the heads of race staff, the riders dismounted and carried their bikes under their arch, before getting back on their bikes and continuing on the stage.  Yates fought from under the arch, recovered to complete the course and was given a revised time, which saw him take second position in the overall race and the white jersey, for the Tour’s fastest young rider.… Continue reading »

Pokémon Go – how safe is this reality?

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

With more than 75 million downloads, the number one selling app in the Apple store, has bought with it a unique set of risks. Pokémon Go is the international craze that has increased stock prices and seen random locations become meeting places for hundreds of trainers (this is what you are called when you play Pokémon and you must ‘catch them all’).

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game where players capture “pocket monsters” using a GPS map and their smartphone camera, giving the illusion they’re snagging these creatures in the real world.  Players are walking, driving or riding to search for the ultimate monsters, watching their screen to confirm their location, potentially stepping into traffic, driving into objects or wandering into dangerous locations, all in the pursuit of their next catch.… Continue reading »

How Much Does it Cost to Change the Outcome of the Game?

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The globalisation of sport has seen sports betting become a near AUS$500 billion dollar a year industry.  With the help of the internet and smart phones, sports betting is now  at our fingertips anywhere, and at anytime.

With the increase in money flowing into sports betting, comes the increased risk of match fixing and illegal betting. This is however not a new phenomenon. in 1919 the Chicago White Sox baseball team admitted to throwing the  World Series for cash (and in the case of one player, he traded for free pizza), and in the 1960’s an NFL Most Valuable Player from the Green Bay Packers was caught betting on his own matches – sometimes against himself.… Continue reading »