Hazard: A bushfire spreads rapidly through the area and the festival grounds.
Consequence: Damage to property, injuries, and loss of life.
- Salty Creek is located in an area prone to bushfires in the summer months.
- The festival is being held in the summer.
- There are no current bushfires in the area.
- The festival will be held in an open field with some surrounding bush areas.
Hazard: Food from a food truck is contaminated.
Consequence: Mass food poisoning.
- The food trucks and prep areas all have refrigeration.
- All food providers are from the local area and will not be travelling long distances to get to the festival.
- Food providers contracted for the festival are professional operators with the correct permits, licenses and food handling training.
Hazard: An unexpected lack of safe drinking water.
Drinking water will be/can be supplied from multiple sources:
- The festival grounds have access to the municipal water supply.
- There will also be water filtration systems and mobile water stations.
- Water bottled in plastic will not be sold at the festival, but it is held in large quantities in local supermarkets.
Hazard: High temperatures.
Consequence: Contractors, organisers, volunteers, and/or attendees suffer from sunstroke.
- The average summer high in Salty Creek is 27 degrees, but temperatures have been known to reach the high 30s on occasion.
- People of all ages will be coming to the festival, but 16-20 is the age group likely to have the most attendees.
- Symptoms of sunstroke can range from a headache and red skin to loss of consciousness and damage to organs.
- There is natural shade offered by trees and bush surrounding the festival grounds, but the grounds themselves are exposed to the sun.
Slips, trips, and falls:
Hazards: Slippery surfaces, exposed cords, uneven surfaces etc.
Consequence: Contractors, organisers, volunteers, or attendees slip, trip, or fall during set up or the event and are injured.
These accidents could be due to things like:
- Slippery surfaces after rain.
- Exposed cords and construction equipment.
- Uneven surfaces (the festival grounds are in a field with natural slopes).
- Damaged or poorly maintained equipment like lighting, tents, or stage equipment.
- Children and the elderly, people under the influence of alcohol, or suffering from dehydration, sunstroke, or other issues may be unstable on their feet.
- Stairs and ramps can be tripping hazards, especially for those with mobility limitations.
Hazard: Overcrowding at the front of the stage.
Consequence: Attendees are injured.
- Crowd crush injuries can range from bruises and cuts to much more severe injuries such as broken bones, and internal organ damage.
- The artists in the festival lineup are local talent rather than famous musicians with large followings.
- The standing area at the front of the stage is not fenced, allowing the audience to spread out if necessary.
- While music festivals in large cities often draw crowds of 20-50,000 per day, the Salty Creek Community Festival is only expecting approximately 2000 attendees over the weekend.