9 RISK ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY

Anyone who has been on a stage realizes very quickly how dangerous a place it can be if you do not watch your step. Scenery moving, pipes flying in and out, trap doors opening, or risers that are not stable—all are accidents waiting to happen. So many incidents are reported that many states have tried to enact hard-hat area laws. Even venerable Broadway experiences its share of accidents and deaths each year. Stars are not immune; I remember when Ann-Margret fell from a platform at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas while rehearsing. A quick-thinking stagehand broke her fall and possibly saved her career, if not her life. He was injured in the attempt, as are many stagehands each year.

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