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

February 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

January 8th, 2020|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

December 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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 [...]

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Drones: An accident from the past – Skier Marcel Hirscher escapes injury as drone smashes behind him during race

February 25th, 2020|Comments Off on Drones: An accident from the past – Skier Marcel Hirscher escapes injury as drone smashes behind him during race

Note from Blumano: This article was originally published on 23 December 2015 in The Guardian, but highlights the importance of safety in relation to drones and machinery in general.  The downhill skiing champion Marcel Hirscher [...]

EN 17206 Entertainment technology – Machinery for stages and other production areas – Safety requirements and inspections

February 11th, 2020|Comments Off on EN 17206 Entertainment technology – Machinery for stages and other production areas – Safety requirements and inspections

The long-awaited European standard based on CWA 15902-1 has been approved. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom formally [...]

Ise Murphy: Reflecting on a Decade of Disaster – What have we learned?

January 28th, 2020|Comments Off on Ise Murphy: Reflecting on a Decade of Disaster – What have we learned?

As we enter into a new decade, many of us have been reflecting on our lives from 2010 to 2019. I couldn’t help but put it in the perspective of crowd disasters, to understand if [...]

Gemma Chan suspended in mid-air while filming Marvel’s The Eternals in London

January 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Gemma Chan suspended in mid-air while filming Marvel’s The Eternals in London

Gemma Chan was seen suspended 40ft above the ground in north London while filming the latest Marvel film The Eternals. The movie, which is due out in November this year, will be the 25th film [...]

R & S Conference – Cristiano Giavedoni confirmed speaker

January 14th, 2020|Comments Off on R & S Conference – Cristiano Giavedoni confirmed speaker

Blumano's very own Cristiano Giavedoni is confirmed to speak at the R & S Conference on the 11th and 12th of February 2020 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland. Mr. Giavedoni will discuss the [...]

Shocking moment tsunami rips through stage as band Seventeen performs at Indonesian beach resort

January 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Shocking moment tsunami rips through stage as band Seventeen performs at Indonesian beach resort

The band was playing at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung, one of the tourist centres in Pandeglang. In a tearful Instagram post, frontman Riefian Fajarsyah said the band’s bassist and road manager had been [...]

They brought the house down… and the stage! Dancers crash through the floor as they enthusiastically celebrate the end of their performance in Brazil

December 31st, 2019|Comments Off on They brought the house down… and the stage! Dancers crash through the floor as they enthusiastically celebrate the end of their performance in Brazil

Dancers celebrate the end of the show linking arms and jumping up and down  The stage at the Americana Municipal Theatre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, collapsed  A voice on PA system calls for calm and asks [...]

Drones: An accident from the past – Enrique Iglesias injured during mid-performance drone accident

December 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Drones: An accident from the past – Enrique Iglesias injured during mid-performance drone accident

Note from Blumano: This article was originally published on 1st June 2015 on Today, but highlights the importance of safety in relation to drones and machinery in general.  A drone meant to capture fan fun [...]

How has the design of theatre buildings changed over time?

December 5th, 2019|Comments Off on How has the design of theatre buildings changed over time?

Early theatres The first buildings used for theatrical performances in Britain were amphitheatres introduced by the Romans, who copied theatres from ancient Greece. These were semi-circular structures, constructed of wood initially and later stone. They [...]