Stage Rigging Safety
When was the last time your theater was inspected?
Is your backstage equipment safe to operate? Are ropes frayed? If there were an emergency, would your fire safety curtain perform as it should?
Identify backstage hazards before an accident happens
Make safety a priority. Schedule an annual inspection of your school's theater to uncover faulty equipment and hazardous situations that could eventually develop into life-safety issues.
Ensure safety.You are responsible for the safety of your students, faculty, and audience. From ropes that move lighting overhead to flame proofing of curtains, it's imperative everything is in proper working order.
Reduce liability risk. Most states require an annual inspection of your entire facility. In any case, make annual inspections of your theater a standard procedure in your loss/accident prevention program.
Protect your investment. Thousands of dollars are invested in your theatrical equipment and replacements are expensive. By identifying problems early repair costs can be minimized.
Rigging System Evaluation and Maintenance / Rigging System Safety Inspections
Georgia Stage can perform an on-site detailed inspection and evaluation of your facility. We can provide a detailed report of safety issues, as well as maintenance recommendations, working load limits, and provide safe rigging operation advice and training.
Please contact a Georgia Stage sales associate to schedule your facility's inspection.
Ultimately, you'll have greater peace of mind knowing your theater is as safe as possible.
Don't forget the training An annual inspection is just one component toward a safe entertainment facility. In addition, staff and students should be taught "the ropes" by instructors knowledgeable in the field of stage rigging and theatrical equipment.
5 Steps to Backstage Safety
1. User Training No one should be allowed to handle any rigging equipment unless they are properly trained. 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. Operations manuals and signs on the proper use of stage rigging equipment are available from www.jrclancy.com (Technical & Literature → Design & Operation).
2. Motorized Rigging Winches lift the complete load simply and reliably without the need for counterbalancing the load with steel weights.The PowerLiftTM and PowerAssistTM systems are affordable motorized rigging options designed for use in schools, providing operational and safety features appropriate for student use. The movement of scenery is controlled by an automated SceneControlTM console, enabling the movements to be recorded and replayed as needed.
3. Loading Gallery (bridge) Without a loading gallery it is difficult to safely balance rigging sets. 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 todo this, there must be a loading gallery.
4. SureLockTM Rope Lock If a set is out of balance, the SureLock cannot be opened, preventing "runaway" rigging sets.The SureLock rope lock incorporates a load sensing mechanism, and can tell if a counterweight set is more than 50 lbs. out of balance. 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 rigging dealers who are members of the "Entertainment Services & Technology Association" (ESTA). This is a non-profittrade association whose members meet membership requirements and subscribe to a Code of Conduct.
Some photos and phrasing courtesy of JR Clancy, Inc.
To schedule a visual rigging safety inspection of your facility, please contact a Georgia Stage representative.