Deadly AV

Well, it has been an interesting, and not necessarily good, week. First, the story about the digital signage system collapsing and killing a child in an airport, and this morning, the news that a crew member was killed in a horrific fall from the rigging in San Antonio.

Around my office, we often use the saying “nobody dies in AV” – but it isn’t true. In the last few years, it seems that we hear more about collapsing stages and falling gear all the time. I know that this has always been part of our industry – but is it just me, or does it seem to be happening more often? Or is it just that we are so much more connected that we all hear about it when it happens?

I don’t know, but Scott Tiner wrote a great article on it in this week’s rAVe for Pro AV – and next week, Scott and I will be talking on “the Week” on rAVe Radio about the dangers of our industry, and the things we can do about them, both in staging and in installations.

In the meantime, on a more positive note, I had a talk with Chris Gillespie about training, and the differences between training rental and installation personnel – and whether or not they can be the same people. Check it out, it’s posted on rAVe Radio now.