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ESA Readies 2019 Event Safety Summit

Next week’s three-day event will feature nearly 30 presentations, workshops and networking opportunities for the live event community.

Lititz, PA (November 14, 2019)—Nearly 400 industry pros from across the live event industry are expected to attend next week’s 2019 Event Safety Summit in Lititz, Pennsylvania on November 20-22.

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Produced by the Event Safety Alliance and presenting sponsor Take1 Insurance, the event will include nearly 30 presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. The 2019 schedule of presentations will kick-off with a welcome presentation from Scott Carroll, executive vice president and program director. “Live events today face a barrage of risks that simply didn’t exist in any meaningful way a few short years ago. It’s critically important that live event professionals in all segments of the industry understand the realities of the risks they face and do everything within their power to mitigate against these risks.”

The schedule of 2019 Event Safety Summit presentations include:


Holding Ourselves Accountable: Policy, Influence, and Doing the Right Thing

Jim Digby (Event Safety Alliance), Dr. Donald Cooper (Event Safety Alliance)


Just DO it! How to Improve Safety Compliance

Janet Sellery (Sellery Health and Safety)


Electrify the Audience, Not the Performers

Richard Cadena (Academy of Production Technology)


Special Effects and Rigging Systems- The Unique Considerations

Brian Panther (Pyrotek)


How to Turn Hindsight into Foreseen

Eric Stuart (Gentian Events Ltd)


Understanding Scaffolding from the Ground Up

Ken Keberle (Rhino Staging), MaryLou Figley (Stageco)


Single Desk to a Double Wide Trailer…Who’s Got Your Conn?

Greg Guzzetta (Event Intelligence Group)


Crowded Places: Adventures in Complexity

Emma Parkinson (Coventry University)


Event Management Self-Defense for Dummies

Steve Lemon (Steve Lemon & Associates)


ANSI Standards for the Entertainment Industry

Bill Sapsis (Sapsis Rigging)


Building the Foundation of Situational Awareness

Dave Lester (Clair Global)


Building your Company Safety Strategy

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What to Inspect When You’re Inspecting

Evan Sandham (Production Health and Safety)



Nathaniel Kennedy (City of Toronto), Trevor Hyland (City of Toronto)


The Weird and Wonderful

Justin Argent (The Event Safety Shop)


Incorporating Severe Weather Awareness into Event-Wide Safety Communication

John Scala (Certified Consulting Meteorologist)


Event Security for Nervous Times

Steven Adelman (Adelman Law Group), Jennifer Mathieson (Archevent), Jill Volker (XA Staffing)


Harassment Mitigation in Event Spaces

Virginia Schmitt, Kim Warnick (Calling All Crows)


Calling All Crows’ Active Bystander Training Workshop

Virginia Schmitt, Kim Warnick (Calling All Crows)


Rigging Hardware Inspection & Safety Use

Brian Leister (Columbus McKinnon)


Judgment Day: Assigning Fault and Awarding Damages After a Bad Night Out

Steven Adelman (Adelman Law Group), Bruno Marasso (Romanucci & Blandin, LLC)


Tag Team Champions – You and Your Engineer

Ethan Gilson (Entertainment Rigging Services), Jeff Reder (Clark Reder Engineering), William B. Gorlin (McLaren Engineering Group), Bennet Brian (Reed Rigging), Wade Hinshaw (Reed Rigging)


Use of Rope Access in the Entertainment Industry

Brian Leister (Columbus McKinnon)


Safety and Security Challenges at Corporate Events

Mike Burrus (Walmart), Shane Vaughan (Walmart)


Training, the Never-Ending Story.

Danielle Hernandez (Furman University)


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“Event safety has finally become a top concern in virtually every segment of the live event production community,” Event Safety Alliance chairman and president Jim Digby said. “The professional diversity of those attending the 2019 Summit is a reflection of this fact. Attendees from motorsports, sailing, venues, municipalities, and universities will join representatives from the live music production community in looking deeper into the changing reality of live events through the most intensive, broad-ranging series of sessions and workshops we’ve ever staged.”

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