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WHEN THINGS FALL DOWN…. Stage Collapse at Bearded Theory Music Festival 2009. Bearded Theory. Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire 15 - 17 May 2009 1,500 capacity 5 stages Various marquees, tents, activities. Pre-Event Planning. Draft Licence Application - Dec 2008 Advice to Organiser - Jan 2009

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when things fall down

WHEN THINGS FALL DOWN…

Stage Collapse at Bearded Theory Music Festival 2009

bearded theory
Bearded Theory
  • Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire
  • 15 - 17 May 2009
  • 1,500 capacity
  • 5 stages
  • Various marquees, tents, activities
pre event planning
Pre-Event Planning
  • Draft Licence Application - Dec 2008
  • Advice to Organiser - Jan 2009
  • Emergency Planning Meeting - Jan 2009
  • Full Licence Application - Feb 2009
  • ESMP – Feb 2009
  • Site Visits – Feb 2009
  • Full Site Inspection - 15 May 2009
the incident
The Incident
  • 16 May 2009
  • Collapse of Saddlespan S2000 Stage
  • 3 People Suffered Minor Injuries
  • Other Damage on Site
  • Emergency Services Attended
  • HSE Called into Action
  • LA investigation
investigation
Investigation
  • Organiser employed expert contractors
  • Stage erected according to instructions
  • Wind speed monitoring undertaken
  • Sudden and severe weather event
  • Supports pulled from ground by wind
  • Stage structure collapsed due to subsequent lack of support
outcomes
Outcomes
  • Independent structural surveyor
  • Greater awareness of wind loads
  • Weather planning – forecasts and local stations
  • Wind speed monitoring
  • Full co-operation of organiser
  • Input to TDS review
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