A ‘po­ten­tial for death’


Just days be­fore Saint Kentigern Col­lege stu­dents re­ceived ‘‘lifethreat­en­ing’’ cuts to the throat dur­ing a pro­duc­tion of Sweeney Todd, a stu­dent re­ceived a ra­zor cut to the neck at re­hearsals.

De­spite this, real ra­zor blades were still used on open­ing night, caus­ing an al­most 5cm deep cut to one stu­dent, re­veal­ing the tra­chea and some car­ti­lage, a Work­Safe re­port shows.

The re­port, re­leased un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act, found an in­ci­dent re­port recorded a stu­dent re­ceiv­ing a ‘‘scratch’’ while act­ing out the throat-cut­ting scene three days be­fore open­ing night.

On the open­ing night of the per­for­mance two stu­dents were in­jured. One of the stu­dents had an 8cm lac­er­a­tion across his throat, mea­sur­ing al­most 5cm deep.

Both boys had to be op­er­ated on un­der gen­eral anaes­thetic to re­pair their lac­er­a­tions, the Work­Safe re­port stated.

‘‘Ma­jor veins and ar­ter­ies are lo­cated in the re­gion where con­tact with the straight ra­zor is made. Dam­age to these veins, and es­pe­cially the ar­ter­ies, was life threat­en­ing,’’ the re­port stated.

Work­Safe found the two straight ra­zors used in the pro­duc­tion were con­sid­ered sharp and could eas­ily cut through pa­per.

‘‘The harm in­volved. . .was sig­nif­i­cant,’’ the re­port stated. ‘‘There was a po­ten­tial for death.’’

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