I hate hearing about this so much.
A lighting technician, Fenton “Andy” Hollingsworth, working at the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse in West Palm Beach has fallen from a catwalk and died from his injuries. This happened last week, but it somehow slipped past me. I am so sorry to read about his death, and also sorry to know that his family has to go through some tough stuff now, so close to the holidays.
His death needs to be a lesson to all of us – I remember acting like a hero when I was a younger lighting electrician, reaching over stuff and generally placing my life into harms’ way daily. I’m lucky. I’m lucky I never slipped and got myself dead. Next time you’re doing something stupid that could get yourself and others around you seriously hurt or killed, remember this story. Andy fell from a lighting catwalk while he was hanging lighting on a truss. Apparently he slipped and fell. This could happen to any of us. I certainly am not insinuating that Andy wasn’t paying attention – but to prove that accidents do happen and that you have to be working with your head about you, Andy’s death has to be a reminder to every single one of us out there that one wrong move can snatch the life out of you right now.
Make sure that when you’re doing things that require your attention that you give them your attention. Always remember – 3 points of contact on a climbing device at all times, always anticipate and plan your next move, and be thinking about the move you have to make 3 moves from now.
There are lots of christmas shows and holiday extravaganzas out there this season, just like every season. Remember to make sure you’re paying attention. Christmas and New Years blow when you have to be reminded that someone you loved died during the holiday season.
My heart and sympathy go out to Andy’s family.
Thanks to the Palm Beach Post for the info.