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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:10 am ]
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ROH has safety policy rebuked
by Cameron Robertson in The Stage

Industry watchdogs have criticised the Royal Opera House for failing to secure a qualified replacement for Covent Garden's head of safety and for giving responsibility for the job to the ROH's personnel director.

Previous head of safety Phil Douglas recently departed the House but had been absent for several months.

Director of personnel Elizabeth Bridges has inherited his remit. Her takeover of the role has been defended by the ROH as a temporary solution but management has so far failed in its efforts to find a full-time successor.

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Author:  Emma Pegler [ Sun Jun 09, 2002 10:41 pm ]
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How many times has the ROH burned to the ground - and they don't have a proper safety officer. Let's just hope 'fire' is a separate department and we're only talking dirty cutlery here.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:39 am ]
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ROH and ENB investigated
by Sally Bramley for The Times

The Royal Opera House and English National Ballet are both being investigated by health and safety officials over separate incidents in which a metal bar attached to a fly tower landed onstage and a backstage crew member broke his back after plunging to the ground.

In the case of Covent Garden, which is currently under scrutiny by the Health and Safety Executive, a bar in the fly tower was overloaded and snapped when it caught on a piece of set being moved into position. Despite damage, that day's production of Don Giovanni was able to proceed.

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Author:  Azlan [ Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:12 am ]
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Here's a somewhat related topic in the Backstage forum:

<a href=;f=8;t=000006>Safety in dance performances</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:20 am ]
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Technical Talk - Health and Safety
By Howard Bird for The Stage

Towards to the end of last year Robin and I shared a few thoughts on how health and safety works in this country. I promised that I would widen the scope and comment on what happens on a European scale.

Do the machinations and diktats of Brussels affect the humble theatre technician and if they do can he or she do anything about it? As I write today, The Guardian has done a rather amusing piece exploding some of the myths of European legislation - the bendy banana, pigs must have toys and so on. Much amusement is generated by such stories but they cloud the importance of the EU. As I have written before, if we ignore what is going on in the EU then we will be condemned to live with bad law.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:11 am ]
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From The Stage

Qualifications, training, risk assessments, safety provisions, employment law. None of these things would have been familiar to the backstage worker of 20 or 30 years ago.

And yet some people had formal training, experienced heads of department knew what was dangerous, accidents were mercifully few and if you took a job in the theatre you expected to work every evening and quite a few Sundays as well.

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