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Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

USITT

The 57th annual USITT Show kicks off next week.

The USITT show is the largest full production trade show in America, featuring 200 exhibitors and special exhibits from around the industry. USITT is the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. The conference focuses on various workshops that help educate attendees on several aspects of theater.

This year’s conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at America’s Center Convention Complex on March 7-11.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #731.

Stop by and see everything we have to offer, including new and industry-favorite products such as the:

Our sales and training teams will also be available to address your questions about any of our products.

While You’re Visiting USITT, Get Trained.

Check out this training opportunity during USITT. You still have time to register:

CM Lodestar RTC Motor Technician Certification School
taught by David Carmack, 
Entertainment Product Trainer, ETCP Recognized Trainer, IATSE TTF Recommended Trainer
This course counts toward 12 renewal credits for ETCP Certified Riggers.

Date & Time: March 7-8 (9:00 am-5:00 pm)
America’s Center Convention Complex
Location: TBD
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Don’t miss an annual favorite “Stump the Rigger” featuring Herb Hart & Bill Sapsis on Saturday, March 11, from 11:00-12:30.

#CMLodestar

Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about USITT this year by posting your comments and photos on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and using the hashtag #cmlodestar. Some of our new followers during the show will get a free CMET beanie cap! We would love to hear from you!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
#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.