How did public safety regulations allow audience members at The Hydro to take part in four-up motorbike back flip?

[Updated below] In the touring motorbike spectacular, Nitro Circus, at The Hydro venue in Glasgow last night, 4th February, two members of the audience volunteered to take part in a backflip stunt.

This involved four riders up on a single bike – two showmen and the the two volunteers.

The bike headed for a short steep ramp which snowboarders in the half pipe, should have given the bike lift for the flip as it cleared the top.

The bike faltered in speed at the top, didn’t make it but fell over backwards and then down to the arena floor below, spilling riders as it went.

One showman and one volunteer eventually walked away, with one showman and one volunteer taken to hospital.

The BBC website has a video of the incident taken on a mobile phone by an audience member which would appear to indicate a mismatch between the final speed of the bike and the specific construction of the junction between the top of the amp and the upper transverse platform above.

The big issue is, with today’s risk averse ‘health and safety’ regulations, how on earth was it possible for The Hydro management to permit this show to invite members of the audience to participate in so clearly dangerous a stunt – and one in which their own lesser experience could itself have caused a failure.

This needs rigorous investigation.

Update: It is now now reported that the two participants in this stunt, announced as being members of the audience and with the event’s shaken  MC clearly to be heard immediately telling the audience that the injured wee being checked out as were their family members – were in fact members of the troupe.

There is an additional oddity in initial reports that the injured ‘volunteer’ was taken to hospital by the Scottish Ambulance service. while the second,  always said to be a showman, was taken by The Hydro’s in-house ambulance.

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  • aye== well done jump in with 2 feet and eyes closed. This type of act tends to have pretend members of the public. Happens at Universal and Disneyland and touring shows. You must be pleased no one from the Hydro read your defamatory comments.

    No apology? You aren’t risk averse then?

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    No Cheese Here February 5, 2016 1:44 pm Reply
  • Whit?
    Someone taken in by stooges and sock-puppets!
    Say it’s not true.

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    jake February 5, 2016 2:55 pm Reply
  • de grammars a git bayly snail

    “This needs rigorous investigation”

    Aye, I am sure it does… but not by FA, or blog jury.

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    Karl Hughes February 5, 2016 2:58 pm Reply
  • Typical For Argyll, completely unprofessional journalism!!!

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    Jim February 5, 2016 3:31 pm Reply
  • It is all the fault of the SNP government.

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    Keitho February 5, 2016 5:44 pm Reply
  • Mini Hack behind the eight ball again.Same old,same old.
    She must be inline for a job at the Daily Heil now,no??

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    Hugh Jazz February 5, 2016 6:37 pm Reply
  • This tale reminds me of how they used to teach us as apprentices, “Son, believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see”.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie February 6, 2016 4:10 am Reply
  • It did seem very strange to allow members of the public to take part in a dangerous stunt but using performers pretending to be members of the public discredits the performance. It is sometimes done when everyone knows that the people are not really genuine members of the public but this seems poorly thought out with them continuing the pretence after the accident.

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    Lundavra February 6, 2016 8:27 am Reply
  • Straight-in-again-both-feet-and-don’t-bother-checking-the-facts.

    Newsie and FA of course have a long history history for this sort of thing.

    How is your ‘Swine Flu epidemic’ doing then Newsie? Pandemic proportions yet?
    Where exactly did yon cruise ship in Loch Fyne finally run aground?And remind us, when did the Dunoon Observer finally shut down?

    All Newsie/FA ‘exclusives’ and all utter crap of course. This site is purveyor of political press releases, unfounded gossip and invented rumours hosted by a puffed-up, self-deluded flibbertigibbet with pretensions of being an informed commentator.

    Why anyone would even think of taking this ‘serially discredited’* blog seriously is beyond me. And of course nobody does.

    *see what I did there Newsie?

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    Simon February 6, 2016 8:57 am Reply

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