ARTICLES

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

October 31st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Industrial Hydraulic Lifts in the Entertainment Industry

September 30th, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Machinery Risk Assessment: Frequency of Exposure

September 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

D8+ Chain Hoists

August 1st, 2019|Comments Off on D8+ Chain Hoists

Many years ago, a German Code of Practice named SR2.0, forged three simple abbreviations to describe the technical characteristics of electric chain hoists and the implicit allowed applications: D8, D8+ and C1. D8 is the [...]

Is This Machinery Completed or Not?

July 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Machinery Risk Assessment: Estimation of the Severity of Injury

June 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

The SIL3 Trick

May 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

The Life Expectancy of a Chain Hoist

April 1st, 2019|Comments Off on The Life Expectancy of a Chain Hoist

We once had a chat with a rental company - who owned several hundred electric chain hoists about an accident that happened to them. The owner of the company told us that during an installation, [...]

Machinery Compliance after Brexit

March 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Machinery Compliance after Brexit

Brexit is approaching and there is no doubt that it will deeply affect the UK entertainment industry having an impact on production activities related to the organisation of live events. In a recent article published [...]

NEWS

Crew member electrocuted on Celine Dion’s Courage tour

November 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Crew member electrocuted on Celine Dion’s Courage tour

A crew member has been electrocuted on Celine Dion's 'Courage' tour. The man was helping to set up for the star's show in Montreal, Canada, last week when he was electrocuted and fell off the [...]

Center Parcs: Investigation after children hurt by raft flip

October 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Center Parcs: Investigation after children hurt by raft flip

A Center Parcs ride is the focus of an investigation after a raft flipped over, injuring a man and two children. The man and his nephew, 12, and niece, 13, were hurt on the Tropical [...]

Mexico rollercoaster crash leaves two dead

October 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Mexico rollercoaster crash leaves two dead

A rollercoaster carriage has derailed in Mexico City, killing at least two people. Another two were injured in the accident at La Feria Chapultepec amusement park on Saturday. Eyewitnesses said the victims fell from the [...]

Door open on moving Southend train for 23 minutes

September 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Door open on moving Southend train for 23 minutes

A door on a passenger train was open for 23 minutes while the vehicle travelled at 80mph (128km/h). A passenger reported it to the driver at Hockley station, in Essex, at 07:20 BST on the [...]

Thirty people injured after giant LED screen collapses onto fans at rap concert in Germany

September 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Thirty people injured after giant LED screen collapses onto fans at rap concert in Germany

A TOTAL of 30 people have been injured after a huge LED screen collapsed onto fans at a rap gig in Germany. Rapper Casper and hip hop artist Marteria were performing on stage at around [...]

Tomorrowland: Freedom stage suffers partial roof collapse ahead of weekend two

August 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Tomorrowland: Freedom stage suffers partial roof collapse ahead of weekend two

Part of the roof structure at Tomorrowland's Freedom stage has sunk. Tomorrowland festival, which took place last weekend from the 18th to the 21st July in Boom and runs this weekend for a second installment, [...]

Terrifying moment Indian funfair ride snaps in half, killing two people and injuring 29 others

July 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Terrifying moment Indian funfair ride snaps in half, killing two people and injuring 29 others

This is the terrifying moment a funfair ride crashed down killing two people and injuring 29 others in western India. The incident took place on Sunday at Balvatika Amusement Park near Kanakaria lake in Gujarat [...]

Man injured while working on London theatre set launches £200,000 bid for compensation

July 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Man injured while working on London theatre set launches £200,000 bid for compensation

Jack Roberts suffered a spinal injury while working underneath the theatre stage. A Swansea man who hurt his back while working as an assistant stage manager on a production of The Railway Children at a [...]

Explosion on Bond 25 set injures crew member

July 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Explosion on Bond 25 set injures crew member

An explosion on the set of the new James Bond movie at Pinewood Studios has injured a crew member and damaged a stage. The “controlled explosion” damaged the outside of the famous 007 Stage at [...]