Theatrical Rigging System Evaluation and Maintenance

Theatrical Rigging System Evaluation and Maintenance


When was the last time your theater was inspected?

Is your backstage equipment safe to operate? Are ropes frayed? If there was an emergency, would your fire safety curtain perform as it should? To ensure the ongoing safety of your staff, performers and audience, it's vital to schedule regular safety inspections of your stage and stage equipment.

Identifying 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 become critical safety issues.

Ensure safety.You are responsible for the safety of your students, faculty, and audience. From ropes that move lighting overhead to the flame proofing of curtains, it's imperative that 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

Northeast Stage will perform an on-site detailed inspection and evaluation of your facility. We will 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 one of our rigging experts to schedule your facility's inspection.Ultimately, you'll have greater peace of mind knowing your theater or facility is as safe as possible.

Don't forget the training An annual inspection is just one component toward operating a safe entertainment facility. Additionally, staff and students should be taught "the ropes" by instructors knowledgeable in the field of stage rigging and theatrical equipment.

Backstage Safety in Five Steps

User Training To safely handle or operate any rigging equipment, proper training is required. 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 (Technical & Literature → Design & Operation).

Motorized Rigging Winches lift the complete load simply and reliably without the need for counterbalancing the load with steel weights. The PowerLift and PowerAssist 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 SceneControl console, enabling the movements to be recorded and replayed as needed.

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.

SureLock 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.

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-profit trade association whose members meet membership requirements and subscribe to a Code of Conduct.

To schedule a visual rigging safety inspection of your facility, please contact us today.


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