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 »

Love Lost in the Parade

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

In Germany last month, the Duisbury District Court rejected prosecution charges against authorities and event organisers of the 2010 Love Parade – where 13 women and 8 men lost their lives; crushed to death when a panicked stampede broke out in the tunnel entrance to the 2010 event.

The event was established in 1989 originally in Berlin, as a free-access music festival, with floats, DJ’s and dancers attracting a crowd of around 1.4 million people.   In what has become an important case study in major event planning of crowds internationally, at the incident involved crowds becoming caught up in the tunnel entrance to the event, with certain decisions by authorities being questions as to have exacerbated the circumstances around the crush.… Continue reading »

Australian Coastline Hammered by East Coast Low

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

With four lives lost, hundreds of people evacuated, thousands of properties damaged, and parts of vulnerable coastline changed for ever; the east coast of Australia has been hammered by a severe weather event.

Earlier this month an east coast low pummelled the Australian coastline from Queensland to Tasmania with several hundred millimetres of rain and winds in excess of 100km/h in some parts. In what may still may become one of Australia’s most expensive natural disasters, this superstorm stretched emergency services and disrupted public transport and outdoor events across four states.

Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches lost more than thirty metres of sand and left beachside homes teetering on the edge of the sea.… Continue reading »

Music Festival Fatalities

December 7th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

This time last year, we wrote about the concerning number of festival-goers who had been found in possession of drugs at a music festival in New South Wales.  We also reported on the proposed response to reports of increased drug use amongst the Australian festival industry, with event organisers working closely with police to enforce strict security and detection measures.

This week history has repeated itself as we are saddened by the news of yet another death of a young person at the Stereosonic music festival in Adelaide, reportedly from a drug overdose. As the ABC reported, the death is among five others that have occurred in 2015 at Australian festivals from illicit drug use.… Continue reading »