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April 2013’s Top 20 Posts

April 2013 has not been a fully happy period in our industry, at least on the accidents front.  Unfortunately I have to report that a lot of the top 20 posts that were read in 193 countries all over the world were stories I reported where injury or death to our stage hand brothers and sisters.  At least their names will never be forgotten, at least by me.  Ever.  In order to go where we’re going, we have to remember how we got here.  It’s not all negative, but get ready to relive some disaster in our business.

The most read post in April of 2013 from JimOnLight.com:

A Rigger Dies after a 100 Foot Fall at AT&T Center in San AntonioRIGGERS-NOT-SKYDIVERS

April 2013’s Most Read Post #2:
The TO THE ARCHIVES link on JOL!
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #3:
San Antonio Rigger Falls 100 Feet to Death at AT&T Center
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #4:
Lighting 101:  Luminance VS. Illuminance
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #5:
New Footage of the Demolition of the Famous Texas Stadium
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #6:
Let’s Be Safer, At Least in the Entertainment Industry
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #7:
A Time-Lapse of the Maroon 5 Overexposed Tour Load-In
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #8:
Memorial Fund Established for Dean Williams, Rigger Who Fell at AT&T Center in San Antonio
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #9:
UPDATE – Ultra Music Festival LED Wall Accident
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #10:
Jim Hutchison Leaves CAST Software, Opens Lumen Buddha Studios, A Lighting Industries Think-Tank and Design Studio
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #11:
INDUSTRY ACCIDENT – Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Video Wall Falls on Workers
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #12:
Something Horribly Wrong is Going On at Wicked Lasers, UPDATED
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #13:
Recommended Reading on JOL!
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #14:
Radiohead Stage Collapse in Toronto — 1 Dead, 3 Wounded
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #15:
Gaffers and Grips — DIY Gaff Tape Key Fob
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #16:
LER:  Luminaire Efficacy Rating
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #17:
DARTH FADER
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #18:
LED Freerunning:  Lighting Emitting Dudes
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #19:
Mycena Lux Coeli — The Coolest Mushroom I Have Ever Seen!
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April 2013’s Most Read Post #20:
Pilobolus’ Shadowland Review
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Memorial Fund Established for Dean Williams, Rigger Who Fell at AT&T Center

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A memorial fund has been established for Dean Williams, the Houston-based rigger who fell and died at AT&T Center on April 5, 2013.  Dean leaves behind a wife and baby daughter.  The fund has been established for his wife, Haley, and Lydia, his 3 and a half month old baby.  Dean was caring for his family, and now they need help.  Like any of our fallen brothers and sisters, if you can help out, I’m sure even a few bucks would be beneficial.

Dean fell from the primary steel at AT&T Center, allegedly when he unclipped to maneuver around a beam when he fell around 100 feet to the arena floor.  Dean was pronounced dead at the scene.  From KSAT in San Antonio:

The man had been wearing a harness connected to a safety line, Berry said, but he disconnected it to step around a beam, where he intended to reconnect to another safety line on the other side.

That’s when Williams lost his balance.

According to the AT&T Center’s website, a Romeo Santos concert took place at the venue starting at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Leo Gomez, spokesman for the AT&T Center, said Occupational Safety and Health administration inspectors had been in the building.

He said OSHA officials briefly talked with him about the incident, but asked he not speak about it while the investigation is ongoing.

Gomez said OSHA “released the building to proceed with its events,” which includes a Rampage hockey game starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Please be safe out there, everyone.  One second you’re unclipping to move around a beam, and the next second, there’s a memorial fund for your wife and infant daughter.  Please be safe, folks.  Our work in this industry isn’t worth a single Dean Williams, or Nathan Byrd, or anyone else who I’ve had to report on dying this year.

Please, please be careful out there.  For your babies and wives and dogs and cats, please be careful.

UPDATE: San Antonio Rigger Falls 100 Feet to Death at AT&T Center

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Update on the terrible accident at AT&T Center in San Antonio last night, Thursday, April 4, 2013 — the rigger’s name is confirmed as Dean Williams, 43, of Houston.  Dean leaves behind a wife and 3 month old baby girl named Lydia.

From KSAT 12 in San Antonio — allegedly, Dean unclipped to move around a beam and fell (bolding is mine):

Berry said the incident occurred just before 2 a.m. as crews were working on the stage after a concert.  The man was walking on the catwalk.  He had removed his safety harness to move around a beam when fell to his death.  The worker has been ID’ed as 44 year-old Dean Williams from Houston.

I’m so sorry to hear of this.  Please, for f*ck’s sake, be careful up there, everybody.

Rigger Dies After 100 Foot Fall at AT&T Center in San Antonio

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Unfortunately, I have to report that a brother fell and was killed at the AT&T Center in San Antonio last night.

From KENS 5 in San Antonio, bolding is mine:

SAN ANTONIO — A crew member working on a catwalk at the AT&T Center fell about 100 feet to his death Friday, said Paul Berry, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

The crew member was working to remove lighting from a recent concert when the accident happened.

Berry said the worker disconnected his safety harness and slipped on a center beam while attempting to reconnect to another safety line.

The worker reportedly landed near the stage where other crew members were working.

The rigger’s name is reported to be Dean Williams, but I’ll make sure to confirm.  I’m so sorry for his family, I’m certain he will be missed.