EN ISO 12100:2010 Applied in the Entertainment Industry – PART 2

A summary of: Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction In part 1 of this series, we introduced the risk assessment process and explained how EN ISO 12100:2010 can help machinery designers and manufacturers make their machinery safe with the use of a risk assessment. In part 2, we [...]

BD2020-01-22T15:26:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Articles|

Substantial Modifications: When is a Modified Stage Machinery Considered to be New Machinery?

During the lifetime of a stage machinery that is put into service, it is often subjected to modifications or changes. Hence, at times components or constituent units of existing machinery or assemblies of machineries are replaced or updated, and at other times new machineries may be added to an existing assembly of machinery. The common [...]

BD2019-12-18T11:42:07+00:00January 8th, 2020|Articles|

EN ISO 12100:2010 Applied in the Entertainment Industry – PART 1

A summary of: Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction EN ISO 12100:2010 is a standard which focuses on the safety of machinery and how it can be designed with safety in mind to prevent or lower the risks of hazards to people. The standard aims to provide stage [...]

BD2019-11-28T19:57:13+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Articles|

Crushing vs. Impact: How We Define Hazard Consequences in the Entertainment Industry

Have you ever thought of what the terms crushing and impact mean when you assess the risks of an installation within the entertainment industry? In the English language, both words have at least two or more meanings (depending on how the word is used) when you look them up. For example, according to the Merriam [...]

BD2019-11-26T14:01:46+00:00October 31st, 2019|Articles|

Industrial Hydraulic Lifts in the Entertainment Industry

Placing machinery in a different environment other than what it was originally designed for is a serious business and never a straightforward process. Other ‘What Blumano thinks about’ articles have touched on the topic of the Risk Assessment: a) as a tool to evaluate the exposure to harm, and b) if one’s company – within [...]

BD2019-11-26T14:00:18+00:00September 30th, 2019|Articles|

Machinery Risk Assessment: Frequency of Exposure

When estimating the probability of occurrence of a risk, one of the elements that needs to be considered among others is the frequency and duration of exposure to the hazard; this factor has a big influence in the output of the risk estimation and it needs to be carefully assessed. Every stage machinery should be [...]

BD2019-09-02T08:47:01+01:00September 1st, 2019|Articles|

Is This Machinery Completed or Not?

It’s safe to say that most European stage machinery manufacturers and owners have heard about a document called a “Declaration of Conformity”. However, we could probably say that not too many are aware that a document called a “Declaration of Incorporation” also exists. For the purpose of this article, let’s call the Declaration of Conformity [...]

BD2019-07-02T13:08:21+01:00July 1st, 2019|Articles|

Machinery Risk Assessment: Estimation of the Severity of Injury

If you place a 30 cm wide plank of wood on the floor and call for a volunteer to walk along it, you’ll probably find somebody who is willing to do it. However, if you place the same plank of wood over a ravine that is between two cliffs with a 200 m drop between [...]

BD2019-07-02T13:09:16+01:00June 1st, 2019|Articles|

The SIL3 Trick

You’ve probably heard people claiming, “My hoist is SIL3 – it’s safe”, or "My hoist is SIL3 because I use two encoders", or even "I need all my new winches to be SIL3”. These are some common statements repeated in the industry, but did you know that most of them are irrelevant or just plain [...]

BD2019-11-19T14:21:04+00:00May 1st, 2019|Articles|