https://www.salon.com/2018/08/24/exclus ... y-workers/
How much of this is real and how much is fake news? Here is one item I found:
Yet the most egregious instance of on-the-job injury came in 2014, when a Burning Man Ranger named Kelli Hoversten was permanently blinded by a laser, disabling her for life. ...
On Aug. 30, 2014, Hoversten, in her capacity as a Ranger, was working as a “Sandman” — Burning Man terminology for the Rangers who wear heat-protective gear and ring the central effigy that is ritualistically burned on the final Saturday night of the festival. ...
On that night in 2014, Hoversten stood with her back to the burning effigy, as she had been instructed, to monitor the revelers and prevent people from getting dangerously close to the burn. The eminent danger to her health turned out not to be the fire behind her but the lasers shone in her face by participants in front of her.
“So that is what I was doing: Standing there in the dark with the man behind me,” Hoversten explained. “With handheld lasers coming at me, before the man was finished burning I was completely blind in my left eye.”
Eye specialists have told Hoversten that they think the damage was done by that "a high-powered laser off an art car," meaning one of the "Mad Max"-style customized vehicles common at the festival, rather than a handheld laser. "It crossed my field of vision and damaged my eyes, especially my left one, so bad in just that one strike that my pupil wouldn’t even sit correctly, and it still doesn’t,” she said. ”Therefore any subsequent laser that passed across my field of vision burned my retinas more.”
Today, Hoversten is permanently blind in her left eye and has damaged vision in her right eye that continues to deteriorate. Sandmen wear goggles at Burning Man today and handheld lasers have been banned, although lasers on top of art cars are still allowed.
What? That has to be wrong, doesn't it? Surely, the Burning Man LLC wouldn't be so reckless as to allow the circumstances that led to such a tragedy to be recreated? Obviously, one shouldn't have lasers scanning out across a crowd, from a vehicle rolling across a soft, dust and inevitably uneven surface. The vehicle dips, the beam dips and before you know it, another ranger or burner spends the rest of her life wearing dark glasses - this thought would occur to everybody, right?
To read this piece, one would think that Larry Harvey had been wearing a pencil thin mustache and twirling it like a silent film era B movie villain at the time of the events described. But apparently, according to some people, this is to be expected, because Burning Man is a Satanic festival.
And I'm sure that a random Youtube user we've never heard of before couldn't lie to us about a thing like that. Watch, read, and make up your own minds. About what, I'm not sure.