It is very common for event planners to desire the “wow” factor in events, to assure interest and success with these events. Yet the desire for something new or innovative cannot compromise the safety of those who participate in the events. Every year there are events that result in tragedy, which may have been avoided if life safety was the highest priority and if a detailed risk management plan had been put into place for the event.
A tragic example happened a few years ago when a participant was seriously njured during a demolition derby at a county fair. The county did not require equipment pre-check when mechanized demonstrations occurred. If a pre-check had been required, then a loose strut on one of the trucks in the derby would have been discovered, avoiding serious injury.
Make life safety the top priority at your special events.