Franki goes to Hollywood

A couple of months ago I purchased a car. Not just any car. This one happens to be the car from hell…but in a good way. It’s a 1972 Datsun 240z with a 5.7 litre Chevy V8 generating a staggering 600hp and capable of a standing quarter mile in a gut-wrenching 11 seconds. Last weekend I drove up to the Northern Beaches and I noticed that the fuel gauge had a problem.

In his latest blog our Principal Health and Safety Advisor Luke Sullivan talks Datsuns, Pomeranians and Pearls and explains how Staging Connections is giving safety a new look

Is there no end to this mid-life crisis? A couple of months ago I purchased a car. Not just any car. This one happens to be the car from hell but in a good way. It's a 1972 Datsun 240z with a 5.7 litre Chevy V8 generating a staggering 600hp and capable of a standing quarter mile in a gut-wrenching 11 seconds. Last weekend I drove up to the Northern Beaches and I noticed that the fuel gauge had a problem. I could have sworn the tank was full before I left, but noticed the gauge needle heading towards E like there was no tomorrow. I pulled into a servo to top up just to confirm that the fuel gauge was faulty (or so I thought). Well, it wasn't - it's deadly accurate. This car drinks petrol like those blokes drink beer in the old VB adds of the 70's.

There’s a couple of problems here. I mean, you know what they say about men my age buying a car like this... “What’s he trying to prove?” “He’s obviously got a problem.” “He must be insecure about something…” etcetera etcetera. These I can live with – it comes with the territory.



The problem is my job. Have a think about it, I'm a self-proclaimed health, safety and environment professional and I'm currently driving a car that is essentially a global warming death trap. But there’s more. When I drive the Datsun I wear clothes to match. Last weekend’s ensemble included a pair of Edwin Toyko Slims, Prodigy t-shirt, Vivienne Westwood necklace with a skull and dagger design, Tom Ford mirror sunglasses and Brando cowboy boots, not to mention being accompanied by a Pomeranian called Franki wearing a string of pearls. It’s sickening.

This raises the question, has Staging Connections made an interesting choice in their hire for the crucial areas of safety and environment? The answer is a resounding no! I had always felt that the profession needed a new look. Let’s face it, your average OHS pro can be fairly dull. Sure they’re useful when you need to do a risk assessment or report your lost-time frequency rate, but most of us have lousy dress sense, no sense of humour and an overblown sense of entitlement. Here at Staging Connections, safety, like it’s shows, has to look good. Our clients and the members of the public that attend our events expect nothing less. 

Another new development in the HS&E area for Staging Connections is the launch of our StageSafe App this month, an industry first. Now our Technical Directors and crews can access vital safety information such as procedures and standards from their smartphone. By the end of 2013 StageSafe will be a fully certified QA safety management system for the events industry.

Now, about that car. I speed only on a race track and I'm riding a bicycle to work to get the carbon credits to justify the Sunday afternoon drive. I still get those looks of “what’s your problem?” but at least I didn't buy a Harley.



Written by Luke Sullivan, Principal Advisor Health & Safety, Staging Connections


Luke’s mantra to the business is StageSafe, Every Show, Every Event and despite being a Vivienne Westwood clothes horse, he takes a very practical approach to safety.

 

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