A number of revellers sustained crush injuries during the annual Hogmanay street party on the streets of the Scottish capital. The organisers have instigated a thorough safety review after the chaotic events unfolded in the city centre.
Large numbers of mostly young people were allowed to congregate in front of a stage that had been erected at The Mound, the street linking Princes Street with the historic Royal Mile. They were eager to catch the DJ set being performed by Australian Tom Loud, and his Hot Dub Time Machine.
This road is traditionally used as a through route for revellers venturing down the hill from the Royal Mile to join the street party celebrations. But for some reason, inadequate stewarding had meant that thousands of party-goers had become hemmed together in one small area.
In scenes that were uncannily reminiscent of the TV footage of the Hillsborough football disaster in 1989, revellers were forced to try and climb over fences and safety barriers to avoid the human crush. The fact that some of this fencing is spiked added to the potential for terrible injuries to be inflicted.
How can crush injuries be pre-empted?
Whenever there are large crowds being drawn into an official celebration, such as Edinburgh’s world-renowned Hogmanay street party, the onus sits squarely on the shoulders of the authorities to provide appropriate policing and stewarding.
This should cover every aspect of the party, from manning the gates where party-goers present their tickets, to ensuring that safety barriers are deployed throughout the relevant areas. Appropriate numbers of first-aid officers should be present who are able to take into account the difficulties that paramedics would face getting through huge crowds.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen