Goodes on Him – or Not?

August 19th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

An act of celebration by Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this year brought the issue of racial discrimination back onto the public agenda, igniting a very public debate on the issue last month.

As the Herald Sun reported, the 35-year-old Swans player ‘war-danced’ provocatively towards Carlton fans in the crowd after his team scored a goal mid-match during the annual AFL Indigenous Round in May earlier this year. The opposition spectators at whom this dance was targeted met him with booing and jeering; with police and security attending but no charges laid. The ABC reported that following the match, Goodes described his war dance as a tribute to Aboriginals in sport.… Continue reading »

Baseball Death

August 19th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

An accident during a junior baseball game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Kansas tragically left a nine-year-old boy dead, highlighting ongoing concerns for player safety in the game irrespective of the level of professionalism.

As UK Independent reported, Kaiser Carlile was volunteering as bat boy for the summer league ‘Liberal Bee Jays’ when he was accidentally hit by a batter taking practice swings, and treated on-site by a paramedic for head injuries. He sadly passed away on the following evening. The tragedy has resulted in the Congress banning the use of bat boys for the remainder of the Championships.… Continue reading »

Met with a Monster

August 19th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

A spate of shark sightings along South Africa’s coastlines by surfers and authorities alike came to a climax last month, as professional Australian surfer Mick Fanning came face-to-face with a Great White during world championships at Jeffrey’s Bay.

As ABC reported, video footage showed an unmistakable shark fin approaching Fanning, before the surfer was knocked off his board and was submerged under the water, out of sight of spectators and cameras on the beach. Fanning thankfully re-emerged within seconds and ‘punched’ the shark several times before it swam away, while an uninjured Fanning climbed aboard jet-skis that had come to the rescue.… Continue reading »

Goodes on Him, or Not?

August 19th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

An act of celebration by Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this year brought the issue of racial discrimination back onto the public agenda, igniting a very public debate on the issue last month.

As the Herald Sun reported, the 35-year-old Swans player ‘war-danced’ provocatively towards Carlton fans in the crowd after his team scored a goal mid-match during the annual AFL Indigenous Round in May earlier this year. The opposition spectators at whom this dance was targeted met him with booing and jeering; with police and security attending but no charges laid. The ABC reported that following the match, Goodes described his war dance as a tribute to Aboriginals in sport.… Continue reading »

Tragic Fall

July 9th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

As the Daily Telegraph reported, a 13-year-old boy was with his family in a popular shopping centre in Sydney on Sunday June 28, when he fell from a stairwell, landing thirty metres below and suffering severe injuries.

The boy was rushed to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, it is understood that the boy had slid down the bannister on a stairwell when he fell.

According to Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, slips trips and falls in buildings are a significant public health problem, which may be expected to grow as a result of an ageing Australian population and a rise in multi-storey buildings.… Continue reading »

Risk Warning Signage

July 9th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

In January of this year, a pleasant family camping experience in Southern New South Wales turned to tragedy.

As the Illawarra Mercury reported, father Svaanik Kumar was staying with his wife and two young children at a campground in Coolendel, near Nowra. Mr Kumar, a non-swimmer, had been playing with his children in shallow waters of the Shoalhaven River, when the children began to “float away” into fast-flowing waters. In attempt to rescue them, he was forced downstream, where tragically he disappeared with his body being discovered two days later.

The children’s mother told the ABC that risk warning signage would have alerted Mr Kumar to the danger of drowning in the area, and may have stopped him from taking his children swimming.… Continue reading »

Famous Falls on Stage

July 9th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

The music and performances of the world-renowned Foo Fighters may well be described as edgy, however a recent tour brought frontman Dave Grohl closer to the edge than he may have hoped for.

As BBC News reported, the band had just begun performing at the Ullevi Stadium in Sweden to a crowd of tens of thousands, when 46-year-old Grohl fell off the stage and into a security area while attempting to jump onto a ramp. Not wanting to disappoint, from his position on the ground he informed fans that “I think I just broke my leg”, but the show would go on after he got his leg fixed.… Continue reading »

Conference Cancellation Cancelled

May 28th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Developing a risk assessment in preparing for any event can prevent negative impacts to public safety and the event site, and as has been highlighted recently, may be an essential ingredient in receiving event approval, regardless of the event’s cause.

As The Guardian reported, a conference to share findings relating to the horrific January murders of Charlie Hedbo staff in Paris was planned to take place at the Queen’s University in Belfast in June 2015. Organised by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, a range of journalists, novelists, academics and commentators had been invited to speak at the Charlie Hedbo Research Symposium, however the university’s vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston informed conference convenors that the event was to be cancelled as a result of an absent risk assessment.… Continue reading »

Unexpected Costs of Hire

May 28th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Securing the chance to host an electronic music festival in March at Waterfront Park was welcomed by the San Diego County, who had opened the Park in May 2014.

The two-day CRSSD Festival brought internationally acclaimed electronic artists, disc jockeys and singers to entertain approximately 15, 000 people, and sold general admission tickets at a price of US$145, as San Diego Union Tribune reported.

Requiring only a $7, 000 deposit from the organisers, it seems the County was not expecting anywhere near the amount of damage that the event incurred when it took place.  As EDM Magazine reported, the organisers have been ordered to pay for $64, 000 worth of damage repair costs to the County of San Diego.… Continue reading »

Corporate Hospitality and Corruption

May 28th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

BHP Billiton’s corporate hospitality packages offered to 176 public officials during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have costed them a run-in with both US and Australian anti-corruption regulators, with repercussions potentially flowing on to other Australian firms engaging in corporate sponsorship, as the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

A major sponsor of the Games, BHP’s Olympic hospitality programme involved absorbing the costs of issuing supplier or customer representatives with business-class flights, tickets and entertainment. The US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) found that these activities failed to satisfy internal record-keeping compliance standards, representing a violation of US anti-corruption and bribery legislation. For this, they have issued BHP with a US$25 million fine, and require the company to report on its anti-corruption compliance until May 2016.… Continue reading »