Rigging Safety  

  Five Steps to a Safer Backstage
Five Steps to Rigging Safety
Design for Safety
How rigging works
System Design Guide
New Loads for Old Structures
Structural Design Requirements for Entertainment Venues
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Rigging Operating Manuals
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Entertainment Technician Certification Program
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  For more information about stage rigging safety and the name of an Authorized Clancy dealer near you, contact J.R. Clancy at 800-836-1885 or visit us at www.jrclancy.com.  
  1. User Training  
    Anyone who is going to use moving equipment of any type backstage must be trained to understand the purpose of the equipment and the proper methods of operation. No one should be allowed to handle any rigging equipment unless they are properly trained. Many more accidents are caused by untrained users than by faulty equipment. Operating manuals and signs on the proper use of stage rigging equipment are available.
  2. Motorized Rigging
    The PowerLift™ system is an affordable motorized rigging option designed for use in schools, churches, and theatres providing operational and safety features appropriate for student use. Winches lift the complete load simply and reliably without the need for counterbalancing the load with steel weights. The movement of scenery on stage is controlled by an automated SceneControl™ console, enabling the movements to be recorded and replayed as needed.
  3. Loading Gallery (bridge)
    Every counterweight system requires a loading gallery, or bridge. Loads are added to or removed from the "batten" when it is at floor level. When the batten is at floor level, the counterweight arbor is at its highest level. To balance the load on the batten, weight is added to or removed from the counterweight arbor. In order to do this, there must be a loading gallery. Without a loading gallery it is difficult to safely balance rigging sets.
  4. SureLock™ Rope Lock
    The SureLock rope lock incorporates a load sensing mechanism, and can tell if a counterweight set is more than 50 lbs. out of balance. If the set is out of balance, the SureLock cannot be opened; preventing "runaway" rigging sets. However, using a SureLock will not solve the problems created by the lack of a loading gallery.
  5. Annual Inspection
    Your stage rigging system should be inspected annually by a rigging specialist. We suggest using rigging dealers who are members of the "Entertainment Services & Technology Association" (ESTA). This is a nonprofit trade association whose members meet membership requirements and subscribe to a Code of Conduct.