Sellery Health + Safety Blog

July 31, 2012

Safe Stages – Alberta Theatre Safety Resource

Filed under: Safety Musings — jsellery @ 1:37 am

Even if you are not from Alberta, you will find lots of great ideas and info in Safe Stages. OK, I worked on it so I am very partial to this one, but local theatre professionals initiated and drove this project and they have put their stamp on it. The whole theatre safety resource is available for download – here is the link so you can check it out:


Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark – injuries – What does this mean for your company? (From January 2011)

Filed under: Safety Musings — jsellery @ 1:24 am

date, four performers in Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark have been seriously injured during previews, including ensemble member Christopher Tierney who fell into a pit, apparently due to a cable detaching from his harness on December 20.

It is discouraging that, with so much technology and expertise available, people are being badly hurt doing a show. Someone has to speak up and it can’t be the actors. This is a Broadway show that could make their careers and they may not even be aware of how much danger they are in until they get hurt.

So, what does this mean for your company? While I cannot speculate on the specific issues relating to Spider-Man, I have four suggestions on how you can ensure your next production with performer flying or aerial stunts is a safe one.


The Inspector is at the door – What should I do? (From September 2010)

Filed under: Safety Musings — jsellery @ 1:10 am
Every jurisdiction has health and safety enforcement and, in Ontario; the Ministry of Labour Inspector is one of the people who plays this role.  For other provinces and territories, you may be dealing with an officer, but the experience will be similar.

When you get a call saying that the Inspector is at reception, how do you react?  Annoyance, resignation or downright panic? There is another option – you can take a deep breath and look at this visit as an opportunity to improve your health and safety program. Here are some tips on how to benefit, rather than just endure, a visit from an Inspector.


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