Safety in Entertainment Environments – White Paper Preview
This paper focuses on safety in environments where entertainment is prepared and performed for live audiences.
The intent is to provide lawyers with insights into the experience and thought processes of Professor David C. Pecoraro as an expert witness in cases involving accidents in entertainment environments. It is not intended to be all inclusive or applicable to any specific incident.
Safety in the entertainment business has a history of unsafe practices. Due to the high visibility nature of entertainment, these accidents often occur in the public eye. The technology of our world today contributes to our awareness with the wide use of photo and video capturing devices that many people have with them at all times.
The cruise line industry was safer after the Titanic and theater buildings were designed to prevent fires after the Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903. Yet, in the 2011, The Indiana, Sugarland Stage Collapse Tragedy, we can see that there is much work to be done to make entertainment safer. Rolling Stone wrote: “Unfortunately, stage accidents are not uncommon in the industry, although the Indiana tragedy did spur a closer look into concert conditions and regulations.” I am proud to have contributed to that “closer look” with the Event Safety Alliance.
The very nature of how stage productions are planned and executed can contribute to accidents.
• Productions exist in a deadline driven environment.
• A production that is being produced for the first time has no history of safety practices.
• A production that has been performing for thousands of times must fight complacency.
• The personnel involved in a production is ever changing.
• Management and employees often have little or no prior accident prevention training.
• Rehearsals and performances have unpredictable variables.
All to often, during an accident investigation the same phrases are spoken: “We were told, the show must go on.” “Don’t call the Fire Marshall.” “That’s how we’ve always done it.”
72 possible Questions to ask in an entertainment injury case:
- Student CaringCo-Founder, 2011 - presentI have been a teaching college professor since 1980 and am passionate about all that I have learned about the profession of teaching, which I love. While I teach general education requirements in the arts, my department home has always been in the theatre. I teach courses in the area of design, management and production: Stage Management, Lighting Design, Introduction to Theatre, and others. I have taught at the undergraduate level at a community college and a private university and at the graduate level where I taught stage management for a large university. I am passionate about interacting with my colleagues, globally, about the profession of teaching. Within that, of course, “Student Caring.” I have been teaching long enough to have observed how, when integrated with excellent instruction, can make all the difference in the world for the student. Within that scope, I am especially passionate about course design, in-class instruction, and the transition from college to career.
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