About Jacob Worek

Jacob Worek is a safety consultant, writer, and editor of the Event Safety Alliance blog. He can be reached at blog@eventsafetyalliance.org

Crew safety meeting…for real. Being a safety conscious touring industry.

By | April 7th, 2016|Categories: ESA Blog|

In light of recent events in the world (Brussels attacks), even more specifically in the music industry (Paris attacks), we have never been made more keenly aware of the need for emergency procedures when on tour. These horrific attacks have sparked discussions on how to create a safety conscious industry and what things to implement in case of [...]

ESA at Metamorph-ISES Educational Experience in Philadelphia

By | March 24th, 2016|Categories: ESA Blog|

Live or work in the Philadelphia area? Register now for the 2nd annual Metamorph-ISES Educational Experience, taking place this Monday, March 28 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. ESA founder and Chairman Jim Digby will be on hand to discuss pressing safety issues within the live event industry and the current activities of the ESA. [...]

Two striking reminders of the threat posed by lightning

By | March 20th, 2016|Categories: ESA Blog|

This past Friday (3/18/16) provided two poignant reminders of the threat events face from lightning. In Austin, severe storms rolled through the area during the SXSW Festival, lighting up the sky and exposing thousands of revelers to potential danger. While thankfully no injuries were reported as a result of a strike, the photo above demonstrates how potentially catastrophic a direct strike might [...]

ESA at the USITT Conference in Salt Lake City

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: In The News|

This week, Event Safety Alliance is bringing our message of “life safety first” to the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Salt Lake City. ESA Founder and Chairman Jim Digby will be onsite meeting with groups passionate about the cause and ready to help lead the charge in fostering a safer live event industry worldwide.  [...]

Four ESTA Standards Approved and Published

By | March 11th, 2016|Categories: In The News|

Last month, the American National Standards Institute's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards: two brand-new, safety-related documents and two control protocol documents that were reaffirmed. These and all of ESTA's published standards are available for free download to everyone, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance, at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, or they may be purchased from ANSI or [...]

Weather Decision Technologies joins ESA as Diamond Sponsor; Presenting sponsor of upcoming Severe Weather Summit

By | February 23rd, 2016|Categories: In The News|

February 23, 2016 (Scottsdale, AZ) - Event Safety Alliance is pleased to announce that Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT), the Industry’s leading provider of weather decision support and forecasting solutions for outdoor events, has signed on as an elite “Diamond Sponsor” of the Event Safety Alliance, and will be the Presenting Sponsor of the ESA’s Severe [...]

New this year – “Ask The Expert” sessions at the Severe Weather Summit

By | February 11th, 2016|Categories: ESA Blog|

An exciting new feature of this year’s Severe Weather Summit is the addition of end-of-day “Ask The Expert” tabletop sessions. Have a venue-specific weather question you’d like addressed? Need more information on something mentioned during an earlier session? These issue-specific roundtable discussions are your chance to get into the weeds with some of the nation’s leading [...]

Responding to fire-related emergencies

By | February 10th, 2016|Categories: ESA Blog|

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Sapsis Rigging provides Safety Training for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: In The News|

February 2, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA) - When Morpheus Lights, long-term lighting contractor for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, wanted safety training for The River Tour 2016’s road crew, they put in a call to Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging.  Bill flew in to tour rehearsals at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA [...]

Bonnaroo Production Manager Hadden Hippsley to Present at Severe Weather Summit

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: In The News|

We're extremely honored to have Lambda Production’s President Hadden Hippsley as an expert presenter at the Severe Weather Summit! Production Manager for festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Firefly Music Festival, Hadden possesses extensive severe weather planning experience, and will be helping to demonstrate how understanding weather characteristics can help you create effective response plans. Whatever [...]