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EN 17206:2020 – Machinery for stages and other production areas

November 11th, 2020|Comments Off on EN 17206:2020 – Machinery for stages and other production areas

Safety requirements and inspections Introduction In the spring of 2020, the long-awaited European standard for safety requirements of stage machinery was published by Technical Committee CEN/TC 433. And within a few months EN 17206:2020 was [...]

UNE 311002 – New Code of Practice for Lifting Equipment in Spain

September 10th, 2020|Comments Off on UNE 311002 – New Code of Practice for Lifting Equipment in Spain

Spain has done the homework. During the quiet months of Spring, rigging and H&S experts within the Spanish Event Industry have put together ideas to try to standardise the use of lifting equipment, as a [...]

Machinery Risk Assessment: Possibility of avoidance

August 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Machinery Risk Assessment: Possibility of avoidance

Introduction On previous machinery risk assessment articles, we explain how to approach the analysis of the severity of injury and two-of-three risk elements concurring to estimate the probability of occurrence of the harm. The third [...]

Chain Hoist Chain Bags: Fitness for purpose

July 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Chain Hoist Chain Bags: Fitness for purpose

Introduction Manual and Electric chain hoists used in the entertainment industry, are normally put into service fitted with a device with the intended use to allow the storage of the load chain: a chain bag [...]

Forthcoming revision of the Machinery Directive

June 19th, 2020|Comments Off on Forthcoming revision of the Machinery Directive

Impact assessment study of the Machinery Directive WG1 meeting The European Commission is seriously considering the revision of machinery directive; in 2019 the EC carried out interviews and a public survey in order to collect [...]

Machinery Risk Assessment: Probability of occurrence

May 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Machinery Risk Assessment: Probability of occurrence

When drafting a machinery Risk Assessment, one of the most controversial elements to be estimated is the probability of occurrence, and the main reason for such challenge is related to the meaning associated with the [...]

Stage machinery documentation is not just “paper”

April 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on Stage machinery documentation is not just “paper”

When designing and manufacturing a stage machinery or a control system, there is always a certain number of documents one needs to produce in order to follow the process of compliance in a consistent manner. [...]

Balancing the Lines – Common Power Issues in the Event Industry

March 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Balancing the Lines – Common Power Issues in the Event Industry

Automation, Video and Lighting will often share the same generator or transformer when touring. Yet, if the load is unbalanced, unexpected flickering lights and spurious drive trips will become a part of the show. As [...]

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 [...]

NEWS

Guidance on safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic

July 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on Guidance on safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic

BSI Publication Help prevent a second wave: Practical steps to support safe working, and prevent and mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in your organisation. A new version of the ‘Safe Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines’ is [...]

Peter Pan Goes Wrong: When the Set Comes to Life

April 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Peter Pan Goes Wrong: When the Set Comes to Life

Mischief Theatre's Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a "play within a play" that showcases an extraordinary and comical use of its stage where the set becomes a central figure in the story. The play is about a [...]

After accident on sets of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Indian-2’, workers union demands safety measures

March 31st, 2020|Comments Off on After accident on sets of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Indian-2’, workers union demands safety measures

A crane holding heavy lighting equipment snapped Wednesday while the crew of 'Indian 2' was shooting a major fight sequence. In the wake of an accident on the sets of Kamal Haasan's 'Indian 2', the [...]

‘We did everything we could’: Prolight+Sound 2020 cancelled, 2021 dates announced

March 17th, 2020|Comments Off on ‘We did everything we could’: Prolight+Sound 2020 cancelled, 2021 dates announced

Prolight+Sound 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the international Coronavirus outbreak. Show organiser, Messe Frankfurt, has confirmed new dates for 2021. Following the initial postponement of the event from March 31 to April [...]

Cristiano Giavedoni appointed new Chair of BSI MHE/3/13

March 10th, 2020|Comments Off on Cristiano Giavedoni appointed new Chair of BSI MHE/3/13

Cristiano Giavedoni has been appointed as Chair of the BSI MHE/3/13 committee for Lifting equipment for performance, broadcast and similar applications. The BSI MHE/3/13—sub-committee under the direction of BSI MHE/3—is also responsible for standards that [...]

Postponed: Prolight + Sound will take place from 26 to 29 May 2020 due to Covid-19

March 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Postponed: Prolight + Sound will take place from 26 to 29 May 2020 due to Covid-19

Prolight + Sound has been postponed by show organiser Messe Frankfurt due to the spread of Covid-19 (corona virus) in Europe. They have expressed in a press release that "the health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors [...]

This Time-Lapse Video of Rammstein’s 60-Hour Stage Setup Process is Insane

March 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on This Time-Lapse Video of Rammstein’s 60-Hour Stage Setup Process is Insane

Ever wondered what goes into bringing Rammstein’s legendary stage show to life? Now you can get a glimpse into the incredible amount of work that goes into setting up each and every one of their [...]

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 [...]