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 »

Trending Crime at Festivals

April 22nd, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

Ticket scalping, assault, and drug and alcohol abuse have been a common problem for music festival organisers internationally, as the Morning Bulletin reported. However due to the introduction of new technologies in the UK, this trend could be set to change.

A British police intelligence conference held in March at London’s O2 Arena recently focussed on how information sharing could occur between music event organisers and police to prevent criminal activity, of which counterfeit ticketing is prominent. As reported on the Leicestershire Police website, police forces across the nation have been asked to cooperate with the music event industry to identify patterns of behaviour that threaten the safety and success of music events.… Continue reading »

Powdered Trouble

April 22nd, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

While Australian policy-makers, police and private security are consistently challenged in mitigating the risks associated with alcohol consumption, a new product may increase the likelihood of alcohol abuse at Australian events and venues if it is authorised for sale on our shores.

As reported on the company’s website, creators of ‘Palcohol’ – powdered alcohol – claim that the lightweight concentrated substance can create taxation savings for hospitality organisations that currently rely on imported alcohol, and would provide convenience to adult travellers wanting to consume alcohol. As The Independent reported, after the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of powdered vodka and rum in late March of this year, a number of US state governments have sought to ban or restrict sales of Palcohol.… Continue reading »

Stop the Selfies

April 22nd, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

Selfie sticks – the gadget of the year for all enthusiastic narcissists – are not only annoying to others in crowds, they have now been deemed unsafe and banned by a number of major venues and events.

As Rolling Stone reports, the extendable poles that allow smartphones to capture images from a distance are now “prohibited items” at music events Coachella in California, and Lollapalooza in Chicago, as well as at the Wembley Arena and London’s O2 Arena. According to Express News UK, Apple has banned the use of selfie sticks at its upcoming developer conference to take place in June, and many events and landmarks around the world have followed suit, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, Saudi Arabia’s annual Mecca event, and Rome’s Colosseum.… Continue reading »

Season Kicks Off with a ‘Rip Snorter’

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Super Rugby’s Queensland Reds and ex-AFL player, 28-year-old Karmichael Hunt has pleaded guilty to four counts of cocaine possession, and fined $30, 000 by the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union. As ABC News reported, Hunt attributes his cocaine use to “misguided post-season celebrations”, and while he has been suspended for six matches and will no longer be vice-captain, his contract with the Reds remains in place.

Hunt was contracted to another code during the time of the incident, and the same Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (QCCC) investigation that charged him has also served notices to a significant number of footballers across the state.… Continue reading »

Workplace Health and Safety in Medical Profession Shunned

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

An Australian female surgeon has spoken out against the systems in place to protect the health, safety and careers of female surgeons at Australian hospitals, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported. At her book launch held at Parliament House early this month, vascular surgeon Doctor Gabrielle McMullin claimed that the medical industry has failed to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace.

As Doctor McMullin told ABC reporters, her experiences – and hearing reports of others’ – have led her to believe that women entering the medical field should be prepared for a culture of “rampant sexism”. She claims that supervising bodies, which would include the Australian Medical Association in each Australian state, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), have proven to be ineffective in dealing with complaints of workplace sexism and harassment.… Continue reading »

Trampoline Travesty

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

An investigation into the safety of a trampoline park in Dalkeith, Scotland has been launched by the local council following reports of over one hundred incidents occurring over a three-week period in January this year. As BBC News reported, Midlothian council was alerted to the injuries occurring at the recently opened Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, and while it continues to investigate allegations against the venue, the Park has been temporarily closed.

In defence of the statistics that BBC presented to Ryze Edinburgh citing 102 injuries since the Park’s opening, the Chief Executive noted that against the total of 25, 662 trampoline users that had visited the Park in the three-week period, the incident rate was only 0.39%.… Continue reading »

National Security Crack-down

February 18th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

In the wake of a series of frightening terrorism acts across Australia, Denmark and Paris in recent months, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a pending policy change in national security and bail conditions to keep Australia safe.

As The Guardian reported, Mr Abbott’s response to the NSW and Federal government’s investigation of the tragic siege at the Lindt café in Martin Place is set to be delivered to the Australian public in coming weeks. His response will follow findings that the perpetrator of the siege, Man Horon Monis, had been granted political asylum in Australia from Iran in 2001, and at the time of the siege, was on bail from a charge of accessory to murder of his former wife.… Continue reading »