Andy Smith, Managing Director of Harrier, featured in the October 2016 edition of Standout Magazine talking with other industry professionals about event safety.
“Each year the way we manage safety within the events industry changes, with varying trends, different challenges and new solutions to keep on top of. The industry is very good at adapting to change and to be able to be a part of the discussion through Standout is very exciting. Event safety professionals across the country are really good at sharing best practice; regardless of the event or who has the contract we are all aiming for the same goal – we want people to have a great time without being hurt.”
This year saw the large fire at Boomtown which destroyed around 80 cars and terrorist incidents in Europe that has meant that additional risks need to be managed and control measures put in place.
Andy is conscious that changes to safety should not impact on people’s ability to enjoy the events they attend.
“People do not want to spend their hard-earned cash on attending events where the control measures in place restrict their movements and enjoyment. Organisers need to find a balance between managing the risks and maximising the customer experience; this is something we are very mindful of when making safety recommendations. Good health and safety measures are generally not noticeable within the events environment including placement of entertainment, concession stands and phased closing of stages.”
For the full Standout article please see page 43 Standout Magazine - October 2016