#rigsafe: Promoting Safe Rigging in the Entertainment Industry

#rigsafe: Promoting Safe Rigging in the Entertainment Industry

On Friday, April 24th we celebrated #RigSafe day, an initiative started by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) to promote safe rigging in the entertainment industry. USITT asked companies to join the initiative by sharing rigging safety tips on social media under the hashtag #rigsafe.

Columbus McKinnon participated in the event, tweeting our rigging safety tips throughout the day. We received such favorable feedback on the information we shared that we wanted to share them with those of you who may have missed out!

Tip 1: Disconnect the power source.

Before removing end covers on any electric hoist, you MUST turn off and remove the electrical power from the motor. One of the most common mistakes when you’re in a rush is to make a hoist adjustment without disconnecting the power source. If you’re very lucky, you’ll just get a small electric shock, but even a little jolt can be very dangerous and cause injury.

Be sure to turn off the power and disconnect the power cable from the hoist and remember to always use proper lockout tagout procedures.

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Tip 2: Fall protection matters in the entertainment industry.

Choosing a proper harness, finding the anchorage needed and using the proper lanyard for the work area are critical. Work areas constantly change and you need the correct setup to ensure a safe environment in every work area. Take a Master Rigging class to improve your skills and work safe. Learn more: http://owl.li/M2qG7

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Tip 3: Have the proper rescue plan in place.

Without a proven and practiced rescue plan, a situation can become very complicated. If a fall were to take place, the person must be brought down in a safe and timely manner.  Once on the ground, first responders should tend to the victim, then take them to the hospital. No matter their condition, the person must be checked out by medical personnel at the hospital.

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Tip 4: It is never acceptable to choke a round polyester sling to another round sling.

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Shackles or appropriate connectors are the only acceptable method of connecting slings to one another.

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Tip 5: Inspection and maintenance of rigging systems should be one of the most important safety concerns for a rigger.

Ongoing inspection is key to safe rigging, and safe rigging starts with the manufacturer. The manufacturer will guide you on equipment application and safety practices, training and maintenance procedures. Thank you, Fernando Hernandez from the VER Rigging Division, for sharing this tip with us!

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Read more about USITT’s own rigsafe program.

Herb Hart
Herb Hart is an Area Sales Manager for Entertainment Products for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
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One Reply to “#rigsafe: Promoting Safe Rigging in the Entertainment Industry”

  1. I really appreciate this information on how to remain safe while rigging. My uncle works in this field, so I will have to show him these things so he can stay safe. I really like the idea having a proper rescue plan in place in case accidents do happen. It is an important industry that we all rely in, so hopefully they can all stay safe out there!

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