Stage light crashes down during Tracy Byrd’s performance at Brazoria County Fair, injuring band member

November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A concert turned terrifying at the Brazoria County fair when a stage light fell and sent members of a country singer's band scrambling Saturday night. Cellphone video captured the frightening moment that occurred as Tracy Byrd's band was wrapping up their show. In the video, Byrd is seen getting ready to walk off the stage, and a couple of seconds later the massive stage light comes crashing down. Several band members, including Byrd, rushed to hold up the rigging in order to help the keyboard player from underneath the downed stage light. According to Tommy [...]

Lucky Dube’s daughter electrocuted on stage in freak accident

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Songstress Bongi Dube, who is the daughter of the late Lucky Dube is grateful to have escaped with her life after she got electrocuted during a performance in Durban Isolezwe is reporting that Bongi’s leg and left arm was seriously injured in the freak accident. “As I was about to sing on stage I unfortunately then stepped on one of the electric chords which was not properly wrapped. It felt like someone had hit me with a knopkierie, everything went blank afterwards, ” she told the paper. Bongi’s manager apparently called her husband, who is also a doctor to attend [...]

Summary: BSI – Brexit and standards – position statement

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

In February 2018, the BSI or British Standards Institution outlined their stance for post-Brexit in a position statement. They plan to continue to “provide UK experts with the standards development framework to support trade in the UK, across Europe and globally” and they feel “BSI should remain a full member [...]

New CEN standard – Entertainment technology – Specifications for design and manufacture of aluminium and steel trusses (EN 17115)

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Summer is traditionally the season for outdoor events, and the warm summer that is now coming to an end has been no exception: concerts, festivals, open-air theatres and cinemas have multiplied, giving people the possibility to enjoy the warm weather. Nevertheless, organising successful events is a huge technical feat: complex [...]

IEC 62443: Levels, Levels and More Levels

September 11th, 2018|0 Comments

By now we’ve all become familiar with safety integrity levels (SIL), as they have become part of our everyday lives. However, with the recent release of several cybersecurity standards in the IEC 62443 series, things are getting more complicated. This series of standards introduces two more levels that we will need to [...]

Vigo festival collapse in Spain injures hundreds

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

More than 300 people have been injured, five seriously, after a section of wooden platform collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Spain. It had been packed with people watching a rap artist at the two-day O Marisquiño event in the north-west city of Vigo, in Galicia. Police [...]

Summary : UK to apply to stay in European standards system after Brexit

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

The following summary is a news extract made by Blumano via the Financial Times: Recently the Financial Times published an article discussing the UK’s possible bid to stay in the “European standards system for industry products” after Brexit. According to the FT article, the UK is to apply to stay [...]

ANSI Approves Standard to Prevent Falls from Stages

July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

On Friday the 13th of July, the ANSI Board of Standards Review approved a revised version of ANSI E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms. The standard has been revised to address changes to the OSHA regulations for fall protection, while keeping the [...]

Cloudburst with winds up to 100 km/h: Pink Night stage collapses in Bellaria

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

An intense storm struck the Rimini coast on Thursday afternoon in the Bellaria area. It was a thunderstorm supercell which fell from the Ravenna to the Riminese, also bringing medium-sized hailstorms and gusts of wind up to 98.2 km/h. The storm manifested itself with the phenomenon of a "downburst", and [...]

Civilian Drones

June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

This paper outlines current regulations for the use of recreational and commercial drones in the UK. It also presents recent policy development in the UK and internationally, as well as emerging technological and regulatory issues related to drone integration into domestic airspace. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the independent [...]

Man electrocuted to death after climbing stage at music festival

May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

A concertgoer was electrocuted to death after scaling the stage and touching power cables at a music festival in Brazil. Daniel Guedes, 32, died instantly in the massive electrical explosion during the show in Natuba, Paraiba state. Images too gruesome to publish show the man’s charred body lying beside the [...]

Raising the Standard – Lluis Diaz-Guerra confirmed speaker at ITEAC 2018 conference

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Twenty years ago, there were hardly any engineering standards specific to the theatre industry. Thanks to the hard work of many individuals within the entertainment industry there are now a draft of standards created both in Europe and the USA. Presented by BLUMANO, Lluis Diaz-Guerra, Michael Lichter and Bill Sapsis, in this [...]

Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud dies after fall

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after he fell onto the stage during a performance in Florida, the company announced Sunday. "It is with immense sadness that Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reports that a tragic accident occurred last night, March 17, during a performance of its show 'Volta,' [...]

Qatar stadium where UK worker died was ‘downright dangerous’

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

British coroner says Zac Cox given substandard equipment by managers at World Cup venue. The only western construction worker killed in the building of World Cup stadiums in Qatar was provided with substandard equipment by managers who should have known the risks of a “downright dangerous” environment, a British coroner [...]

prEN 17206:2018 | Lifting and Load-bearing Equipment for Stages and other Production Areas within the Entertainment Industry

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Th long-awaited EN standard draft based on CWA 15902-1 has been published for public consultation. prEN 17206:2018 Veranstaltungstechnik - Hub- und Lastaufnahmeeinrichtungen für Bühnen und andere Produktionsbereiche in der Veranstaltungsindustrie - Festlegung von grundlegenden Anforderungen (mit Ausnahme von Aluminium- und Stahltraversen) Entertainment Technology - Lifting and Load-bearing Equipment for Stages [...]

The Prevention of Unexpected Start-Up Safety Function

January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Introduction In Europe, the Machinery Directive, which is a legal act, establishes the necessary tasks for new machines to meet health and safety requirements. This means that Manufacturers are obliged to construct their machines such that they are safe. In practise, this means that designers should perform a risk assessment [...]

DJ killed after stage collapses during sudden storm at festival

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

A DJ has died after a stage collapsed on him at a dance festival in Brazil. Kaleb Freitas was performing when the structure was brought down during a storm at Atmosphere Festival, Porto Alegre. The 30-year-old, whose real name was Kalleby Frietas de Rosa, was rushed to hospital with head [...]

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER)

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download. In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide [...]

Marilyn Manson Blames God for His Recent On-Stage Accidents

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

In a new interview, Marilyn Manson says God is responsible for his recent back-to-back on-stage accidents, one of which broke his leg, resulting in the cancellation of many upcoming live dates. And I don’t mean he says God is responsible as a metaphor; I mean he really does point the [...]

Lifting operations in the Entertainment Industry – Cristiano Giavedoni confirmed speaker at LiftEx 2017 conference

October 9th, 2017|0 Comments

A session that examines current issues and challenges surrounding the integration and use of chain hoists and winches in the event industry. There are many thousands of hoists in use in the EU of which the owner or user complete the manufacture/integration of the machinery by fitting the chain, electrical connectors [...]

Marilyn Manson injured after set collapses during concert

October 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The rock star was seen trying to climb scaffolding supporting two giant guns, before the prop dramatically fell on top of him. Marilyn Manson has been injured during a concert in New York City, when a stage prop of two giant guns backed on metal scaffolding appeared to collapse on top [...]

Charges in fatal Radiohead stage collapse stayed over lengthy trial delays

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Dave McCaskill, Crown lawyer, says it's too early to consider appeal. Charges stemming from a fatal Radiohead concert stage collapse in 2012 were stayed Tuesday when a judge ruled the justice system had failed in allowing the case to take far too long to come to trial. The inordinate delays, [...]

Is theatre stage equipment subject to PUWER or LOLER Inspection?

September 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Theatre equipment, such as cameras & lighting booms, lift and lower as part of their operation. They, therefore, have the potential to result in catastrophic and fatal injuries if they collapse during operation. However, several factors need to be considered when determining whether such equipment is ‘general work equipment’ or [...]

Tom Cruise injury halts filming on Mission Impossible 6

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

 Director Christopher McQuarrie says the action star broke ankle during the filming of a stunt which required jumping between buildings and hitting a wall. The studio behind Mission Impossible 6 has confirmed that production of the film has been put on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from a broken [...]

ANSI approves E1.50-1 standard for supporting video displays

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

On August 14 ANSI’s Board of Standards Review approved ANSI E1.50-1 — 2017, Requirements for the Structural Support of Temporary LED, Video & Display Systems. It was published by ESTA on the same day. ANSI E1.50-1 covers the support of temporary installations of large format modular display systems, LED, video and other [...]

Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Edition 2.1 (update of the 2nd Edition) of the Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is publicly available on the Europa website for the machinery sector (the English version for the time being, and requests for translations will be placed in French and German). The Machinery Guide will [...]

Siemens digital tech makes Dubai Opera one of the world’s smartest concert spaces

July 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Dubai Opera is one of the world’s smartest and most energy efficient performance spaces, thanks to an almost invisible - but extremely powerful - building management platform from Siemens. The dhow-shaped building is a multi-format performing arts theatre and accommodates up to 2,000 spectators. The day-to-day operations of the iconic [...]

WIcreations Moves it for Vasco Rossi in Modena

July 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Italy – WIcreations provided StageCo with specialist automation services to move four massive towers onstage at the epic Vasco Rossi concert and spectacle in Modena – the Italian rock superstar’s only scheduled live appearance in 2017 – attended by 250,000 rapturous fans on a blisteringly hot summer’s day in Modena [...]

Gene Simmons take a fall on stage during Kiss concert

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

It was a moment straight out of This Is Spinal Tap. During Kiss‘ concert last night (July 17) at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Mont., Gene Simmons took a fall on stage. As you can see in the video above, the slip happened during the show’s closing number, “Rock [...]

Acrobat death fall at Mad Cool festival in Madrid

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

An acrobat from Brighton has died after reportedly falling 100ft (30m) during a stunt at a rock festival in Spain. Specialist in aerial dance Pedro Aunión Monroy, was suspended in a cage during the Mad Cool festival in Madrid, on Friday night. While near the main stage, in-between the performances [...]

WI in Wonderland with Take That

June 16th, 2017|0 Comments

UK - WI has supplied staging, elevators and extensive automation elements to the Take That ‘Wonderland’ tour which kicked off at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. The lively, colourful carnivalesque aesthetic is the vision of the band’s creative director Kim Gavin and the result of some serious creative and technical talents [...]

Writer Farzana Naz died after tragic fall from a stage at an event

April 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Writer Farzana Naz, who sustained severe head and back injuries after falling from a stage at an event, has passed away. Naz's fall took place at the closing ceremony of a literary festival at Islamabad's Pak-China Friendship Hall. She fell from a 12ft high stage. The 36-year-old writer was immediately [...]

BLUMANO at VPT Lifting Technology conference

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On the 30th of January 2017, BLUMANO participated in the conference “Hoisting Technique: 10 years later”, which was organised by VPT, the Dutch association for stage technology. The keynote speech was given by BLUMANO’s director, Cristiano Giavedoni, who entertained the large audience with a presentation called “Safety in Machinery: The [...]

ETC Establishes the David North Memorial Scholarship

March 14th, 2017|0 Comments

ETC, Inc. has established the David North Memorial Scholarship for Lighting Technology at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. ETC's intention in making this gift is to provide financial need-based support for the study of lighting technology in memory of our longtime employee and friend, David A. [...]

5 High-Wire Peformers Hurt After Falling 25 Feet in Florida Circus; Nik Wallenda Unhurt

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

A rehearsal for a dramatic eight-person pyramid went horribly wrong, injuring five high-wire circus performers who tumbled about 25 feet, said officials in Sarasota, Florida. Four were hospitalized as trauma patients. Renowned daredevil Nik Wallenda — a member of the famed aerialist family — was among three performers on the [...]


February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

UK based and international entertainment industry, engineering design and safety specialist and consultant, BLUMANO Ltd., is expanding and restructuring its operation. The move brings the service of systems control in-house, with software and hardware expert, Lluis Diaz-Guerra, and his company, Copinya, in to the BLUMANO organisation. It also coincides with [...]

Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears

June 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Harrison Ford could have been killed when he was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship while filming the most recent Star Wars film, a court has heard. Ford was reprising his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in June [...]

Muse Drone Crash Into Audience During Concert

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Rock concert props can be dazzling, but also dangerous. During Yes' 1974 tour, drummer Alan White once found himself trapped inside a large seashell – inspiring a similar debacle in mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Muse achieved their own moment of stage infamy during their Thursday show at London's 02 [...]

Adele fan injured by falling chain at Glasgow concert

March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Spectator at SSE Hydro venue is taken to hospital on Friday night after equipment appears to fall from lighting rig. A fan at Adele’s Glasgow concert has been injured by a falling chain that possibly came from a lighting rig overhead. The singer was performing her sell-out tour at the SSE Hydro [...]

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