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In the November 1987 issue of GEM, we included an article on the safety guidelines followed by the Port Phillip Historical Society in Australia. In that article we requested our readers' contributions regarding show safety. This response was submitted by Ken Robison, 20531 Black Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030.



A. Double rope stanchions separating engines from public by a minimum of four (4) feet. B. Fire extinguisher close at hand. C. Flammables stored at least six (6) feet away from engines in closed containers. D. NO RUNNING ENGINES SHALL BE LEFT UNATTENDED. E. Person attending engines must be in control at all times. F. At least three (3) feet clear space between individual engines. G. No consumption of any alcoholic beverage while inside any roped-off display area or while operating any equipment.


A. Clutter-free exhibit space. B. Exhaust directed up or away from viewing public. C. Watchful eyes - constant awareness. D. No belts in line with viewing area. E. FIRST AID KIT.


Establishing requirements for this aspect of our activity is nearly impossible, yet this is where some of the greatest danger lies in terms of injury to ourselves and to our friends. A few requirements are established below- extreme caution is urged-take nothing for granted.


A. Only live owners or authorized operators will operate fork lifts. B. Operator is King-follow his instructions.


A.  Stay well away from lift-to side always. B.  Look in direction of movement. C.  Be sure equipment is securely on forks. D.  Do nothing to require fork operator to have to stop suddenly. E.  Do everything gently, in slow motion. F.  Concentrate-don't talk with friends while loading or unloading- it will only take a few minutes.

No set of rules, regulations, or cautions can prevent disaster. Our individual awareness and following both required and desired guidelines and taking the hazards seriously will do the most for our safety and the safety of the public.  



1.  Side and rear barriers not required unless there is public access. 2.  Easy in/out barrier gate between two adjacent displays-ropes crossed loosely over adjacent display. 3.  Not required to separate individual adjoining displays.