Event / Performer Risk Assesment

Significant Hazards People at Risk Safety Controls

Stilt Walkers

Falling and Tripping Performer Audience Pre-show assessment of performance area to identify stairs, stages, slopes and other hazardous features.
Plan show to minimise danger accordingly.
Knee pads are worn.
Stilt walker trained to control fall.
Pushed or tripped by member of public Performer Audience Where appropriate and available, member of security staff to accompany performers.
Extra vigilance by performers
Equipment Failure Performer Audience Use of high quality equipment fit for use.
Regular equipment check prior to each use.
Knee pads are worn.
Stilt walker trained to control fall.
Bright lights and lasers can damage eyes. Performer Pre-show risk assessment to identify location of lasers and lights.
Avoid looking directly at lights and lasers.
Collision with overhead features such as scaffolding, lights, joists, speakers. Performer Pre-show risk assessment to identify overhead features that may course a hazard. Avoidance of such features.
Strains, sprains, pulled muscles and other damage to body. Performer Full warm-up and stretch prior to each show.

Fire Performers

Equipment Failure Audience Sturdy construction of equipment and high quality materials used.
Regular checks of equipment.
Pre-show risk assessment.
Reinforced nylon safety straps worn with chain retainers.
Safe distance of 3M from performer to audience.
Loss of grip Audience Reinforced nylon safety wrist straps worn with chain retainers.
Safe distance of 3M from performer to audience.
Clothing catchingfire Performer Audience No loose clothing worn that could get caught.
Avoidance of most highly flammable materials. (i.e. nylon and fleece)
Fire blanket and fire extinguisher readily available.
Hair catching fire Performer Audience Long hair is tucked into clothing or tied back.
Fire blanket and fire extinguisher readily available.
Fumes and smoke from extinguished equipment Performer Audience Fire bucket for used fire equipment, covered with damp cloth to kill smoke.
Safe distance of 3M from performer to audience.
Paraffin flying off from fire equipment during show. Audience All fire equipment is shaken-off prior to each use to remove excess paraffin.
Safe distance of 3M from performer to audience.
Venue catching fire Performer Audience Hazards are assessed prior to show with focus on dusty drapes / curtains and likely flammable banners / displays. These are best avoided.
Burns from flames and hot equipment Performer Performers are trained to handle equipment responsibly.
Hot metal parts are avoided.
Fire blanket and fire extinguisher readily available.
Performer is basic Health and Safety trained to deal with burns.
Paraffin spillage Performer Audience Paraffin kept in appropriate metal container.
Strains, sprains, pulled muscles and other damage to body. Performer Full warm-up and stretch prior to each show.
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