Harrier UK, the health and safety specialist, successfully oversaw a commemorative Dam Busters event held at The Royal Albert Hall, marking the 75th anniversary of the Dam Busters raid.
The event, which took place on May 17, was presented by Dan Snow and broadcasted to more than 400 cinemas nationwide. To ensure a safe event, Harrier worked with all of the show’s contractors and suppliers to ensure that the necessary paperwork was completed correctly and a Harrier representative was on site all throughout the day to ensure a safe set-up and closing.
The Dam Busters raid was a World War II mission targeting the Möhne Dam in Germany. It was hoped that a “bouncing bomb”, designed by British engineer Barnes Wallis, would skip across water and this was successfully used to destroy the dam.
Re-enacting this scene was one of the highlights from the show and was also where Harrier’s health and safety knowledge was particularly utilised. Using a tennis ball machine and ten containers filled with water, Dr Hugh Hunt demonstrated the science behind the “bouncing bomb”. The experiment involved bringing a large amount of water on stage around electrical equipment and on stage contributors. The potential safety threat of this demonstration was a chief concern for Harrier.
Andy Smith, managing director of Harrier UK, commented: “Putting people first is essential in everything we do at Harrier. There was a concern about water being around lighting equipment but we took every precaution to ensure that the experiment was carried out safely for both the audience and hosts.
“Having completed 9 years’ service in the RAF, this event is very close to my heart. So to be involved in it, working alongside the fantastic creativity of the Snappin’ Turtle team and in such a big and well-established venue such as The Royal Albert Hall, was very special. I’m incredibly proud of our team at Harrier for contributing to a successful and safe show to celebrate such an important moment in our country’s history.”