Paul Wertheimer
Crowd Management Strategies

Paul Wertheimer is the founder and head of Crowd Management Strategies, a Los Angeles-based international crowd safety consulting service with a specialty in concert and festival safety issues.

"Safety crusader at the forefront."

He has participated in the development and passage of safety legislation, standards and guidance in the US, England, Denmark, South Africa and Australia. This includes contributing to the British government's 1999 Event Safety Guide; the Danish government's safety report following the 2000 Roskilde Festival tragedy; South Africa's official event safety guide; and providing the model for a new level of safety for concert moshing environments in Australia.

"Crowd safety expert."
Court TV

Paul has spoken on the subject of crowd management before a wide range of audiences, including (Requires Adobe Acrobat's FREE Reader): the British Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College; the Fourth World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control; the National Fire Protection Association; the Danish Working Group to Study the Safety Aspects of Music Festivals (He was the only crowd safety expert outside of Denmark invited to appear before the group); First International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security; First International Conference on Engineering for Crowd Safety; the International Association of Assembly Managers; the International Conference on Police Aspects of Crowd Safety; and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

"Foremost industry expert on the topic of crowd crushing."
Worst-Case Scenario, TV

In 2003, Paul was the only crowd safety expert invited to speak before Rhode Island's special legislative safety commission following the Great White concert disaster. He was also the sole crowd safety expert invited to speak before Chicago's E2 nightclub tragedy safety panel . A number of Paul's recommendations were accepted by both groups.

Paul has served as assistant executive director and assistant general manager for the Lexington, Kentucky, facility management firm overseeing the Lexington Center complex: 23,400-seat Adolph Rupp Arena, Heritage Hall convention center, Opera House, shopping mall and Triangle Park.

"Rock's Ralph Nader."
The Indianapolis Star

Paul has served as assistant executive director and assistant general manager for the Lexington, Kentucky, facility management firm overseeing the Lexington Center complex: 23,400-seat Adolph Rupp Arena, Heritage Hall convention center, Opera House, shopping mall and Triangle Park.

The 1979 Who concert tragedy in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the incident that started Paul on his crowd management career. He served as the chief of staff for The Task Force on Crowd Control and Safety established in the aftermath of The Who concert disaster. He subsequently wrote the Task Force's landmark Crowd Management: The Report of the Task Force on Crowd Control and Safety.

"The marshal of the mosh pit."
The Washington Post

Paul is a member of the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structures and a liaison member of the South African Bureau of Standards Technical Committee on Health and Safety at Live Events. He also regularly attends concerts, festivals and other public assembly events.

In the area of litigation, Paul has qualified as a crowd safety expert in US federal court and in English courts. He has been involved in more concert crowd safety litigation cases than anyone else in the world. His opinions have helped change the dynamics of event crowd safety litigation.

Paul Wertheimer
Crowd Management Strategies
1145 Barry Ave, No 316
Los Angeles, California 90049
United States of America

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For more than a decade, Crowd Management Strategy/ and founder Paul Wertheimer have been quoted in the media more than any other source on the topics of crowd management and concert safety. These opportunities have allowed Crowd Management Strategies to reach an audience of millions with accurate information and reasonable solutions for making concerts and other public assembly events safer.

  • ABC 20/20
  • ABC Good Morning America
  • ABC News
  • ABC News affiliates
  • American Journal
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC News (United Kingdom)
  • CBC News (Canada)
  • CBS Early Show
  • CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
  • CBS News affiliates
  • CLTV News
  • CNBC America After Hours
  • CNN
  • CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports
  • Court-TV
  • CTV News (Canada
  • Day & Date
  • Discovery Channel: "The Disaster Files"
  • Donahue
  • FOX News Channel
  • FNC Fox & Friends
  • FNC Hannity and Colmes
  • FOX News affiliates
  • Inside Edition, Caught In The Crush
  • KTTV News
  • Leeza
  • MSNBC News
  • MSNBC with Soledad O'Brien
  • MTV News
  • National Geographic Channel "Swarms"
  • NBC News affiliates
  • NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
  • NBC Today Show
  • Save Our Streets
  • Talk TV (Canada)
  • TV4 (Denmark)
  • VH1 Confidential: Mosh Pit Mayhem
  • VH1 Rock Story: Concerts Gone Bad
  • VH1: Terror in the Front Row
  • WBBM-TV News
  • WCPO-TV News
  • WFLD-TV News
  • WGN-TV News
  • WHDH-TV News
  • WLS-TV News
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  • Worst-Case Scenario
  • WRGB-TV News
  • WTTW-11 Chicago Tonight
  • WWOR-TV News
Wire Services
  • Associated Press
  • Bloomberg News Network
  • CBC (Canada)
  • CBS News Network
  • Copley
  • Gannett News Service
  • German Media Services
  • Knight-Ridder Newspapers
  • New York Times News Service
  • Reuters (United Kingdom)
  • Ritzau (Denmark)
  • Scripps Howard News Service
  • United Features Syndicate
  • United Press International
  • Westwood 1
  • Seattle Times, Mosh pit safety
  • Aftonbladet (Sweden)
  • Albuquerque Journal
  • Berlingske Tidende (Denmark)
  • Boston Globe, The
  • Boston Herald, The
  • BT (Denmark)
  • Chicago Jewish Star
  • Chicago Reader
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune, The
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Cincinnati Enquirer, The
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • Courier News, The
  • Courier-Post
  • Daily Bulletin
  • Daily Herald
  • Daily New Hamsphire Gazette
  • Daily Southtown
  • Daily Telegraph, The (Australia)
  • Des Moines Register
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Detroit News, The
  • Detroit News-Tribune
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Forum, The
  • Gazette, The
  • Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
  • Hartford Courant, The
  • Honolulu Advertiser
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Indianapolis Star, The
  • Inquirer, The
  • International Herald Tribune (France)
  • Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)
  • Los Angeles Times, The
  • Mesa Tribune
  • Metro (Sweden)
  • Middletown Journal, The
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • New Federalist, The
  • New York Times, The
  • News Sentinel, The
  • Newsday
  • Orange County Register, The
  • Oregonian, The
  • Palm Beach, The
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, The
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Politiken (Denmark)
  • Post-Dispatch, The
  • Press of Atlantic City
  • Providence Journal, The
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Rockland Journal-News
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
  • Standard Examiner
  • State News, The
  • State-Journal, The
  • State-Register
  • Sun, The
  • Sun-Sentinel
  • Sun-Tribune (South Africa)
  • Syracuse Newspapers, The
  • USA Today, special section on concert safety issues
  • Times Union
  • Village Voice, The
  • Wall Street Journal, The
  • Washington Post, The
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Chicago
  • CosmoGirl
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Crain's Chicago Business
  • Family Circle
  • Gaffa (Denmark)
  • Girls Life
  • Illinois PTA Bulletin
  • Juice (Australia)
  • Maxim
  • Men's Fitness
  • Menís Health
  • NME (United Kingdom)
  • People
  • Q (United Kingdom)
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Source, The
  • Spin
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Teen
  • Teen People
  • US News & World Report
Industry Media
  • Advance for Physical Therapists
  • Amusement Business
  • Audience (United Kingdom)
  • CMJ New Music Report
  • Corporate Security
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Medicine News
  • Event Organiser (United Kingdom)
  • Hit Sheet
  • IAAM Crowd Management
  • Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing
  • Law Enforcement Quarterly
  • Michigan Fire Service News
  • NACA Campus Activities Programming
  • NFPA Journal
  • Performance
  • Pollstar
  • Pro Audio Review
  • Special Events
  • Engineering For Crowd Safety (J.F. Dickie PhD, editor; Elsevier)
  • Mosh Pit Culture (Joe Ambrose; Ominibus Press)
  • Are The Kids All Right? (John G. Fuller; Times Books/NYT)

The Who concert tragedy
The Who concert tragedy
AC-DC concert tragedy
The AC-DC concert tragedy
Woodstock Festival, 1994
Woodstock Festival, 1994

Other articles:
USA TODAY, August 2000
Concertgoers push injuries to high level

USA TODAY, August 2000
From the start, violence follows the beat

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