The last straw was the collapse of the temporary outdoor roof that had been erected over the main stage at the Indiana State Fair in 2011, killing seven people in the audience and injuring more than 40. Clearly, important parts of the safety message were being lost between existing regulations and "the boots on the ground," says Steven Adelman in his article "Allied in Safety" in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.
As event industry professionals began discussing the Indiana tragedy and others that preceded it, a group of them decided to form the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) to make it easier for their peers to work safely and create safe events. The starting point for ESA’s work is the Event Safety Guide, a work-in-progress that presents information in key operational areas in a form that busy event professionals are most likely to use. For more on the ESA and its work, turn to page 52 in the latest issue of NFPA Journal or read about it at NFPA's website.