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  1. WHEN THINGS FALL DOWN… Stage Collapse at Bearded Theory Music Festival 2009

  2. Bearded Theory • Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire • 15 - 17 May 2009 • 1,500 capacity • 5 stages • Various marquees, tents, activities

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Any questions?