Kinetica aerialists bruised after 4m fall at WA Police social club ball

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TWO high-flying aerialists were lucky to walk away with just bruising after a spectacular fall during their routine at the WA Police Social Club Ball last night.

The man and woman, from performance company Kinetica, were towards the end of their aerial routine at the Hyatt Regency Perth when they fell about 4m from the ceiling after the trapeze swing gave way.

Guest Stephen Chan said the woman hit the side of her head on the stage while the male performer fell onto his legs.

“The crowd gasped in shock and horror and the organisers and colleagues of the artists quickly rushed to their side,” Mr Chan said.

“(The woman) appeared to be on her feet and speaking and moving when the paramedics arrived with the stretcher about 10 minutes later.”

Both were taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment last night. The man was discharged after a few hours and the woman was discharged this morning.

Kinetica co-director Rebecca McMahon said the pair were fortunate to escape without major head or spinal injuries.

She said equipment failure, rather than human error on the part of the aerialists, appeared to be behind the incident.

Indications were that the trapeze came away from its attachment to the ceiling.

“They had already done full rehearsals at the Hyatt and there was nothing to indicate there was anything wrong with the rigging prior to when the accident happened,” Ms McMahon said.

“The skill of the performers definitely affected the outcome because they are very experienced and have awareness of where their body is in the air.

“I think that that definitely it could have been a lot worse if that had not been the case.”

“We were in touch with Hyatt after the incident and filed an incident report so I am anticipating they will be in touch with us further over the next couple of days.”

A WorkSafe spokeswoman said no official report about the incident had been made at this stage, however investigators would make enquiries with the Hyatt and the performers on Monday.

Hyatt declined to comment on the incident.

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