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Safety Articles

5 Steps to Backstage Safety
5 Steps to Safety


Flying Safely
Flying Safely


Eliminate the Danger Zone
Eliminate the Danger Zone


Loading the Arbor
Loading the Arbor

Read up on proper safety practices with the articles provided below. You're welcome to download the documents for distribution to your rigging operators and performers.

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It’s ANSI, not Clancy — Annual Rigging System Inspections: Know the ANSI Standard.

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5 Steps to Safety — J.R. Clancy (2013)
From training to inspections to safety tools: 5 simple tips to consider for backstage safety.

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Rigging 101: Knowing and operating your counterweight rigging system — Sight & Sound (September 2009)
Overview of rigging installation safety in houses of worship.

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Rigging Safety - What school administration, teachers, and staff need to know —
School Planning & Management (July 2008)
Overview of rigging safety in schools.

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Counterweight Questions Answered — Protocol (Spring 2004)
It is important that owners and operators of counterweight rigging systems receive proper training.

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Flying Safely — Teaching Theatre Magazine (Summer 2005)
All theatres need training on rigging system operation procedures, identification of equipment problems, and rigging inspections
in schools.

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School Stage and Auditorium Safety: Rigging —
New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal News (Part 1 of 2)
Safety risks occur, but with proper training, maintenance and inspections, risks can be minimized.

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School Stage and Auditorium Safety: Setting Standards
New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal News (Part 2 of 2)
Safety standards for protecting the audience and stage curtains.

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The Show Must Go On... Safely — School Business Affairs
(May 2004)
Don't overlook theatre inspections because theatre classes and programs are not held in regular classrooms. Ensure a safe production and environment by considering these points.

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Eliminate the Danger Zone: Instructions for evaluation and
development of a safety program —
Protocol (Summer 2007)
Instructions for evaluation and development of a comprehensive safety program – includes a facility safety inspection checklist, topics to include in a safety manual and a listing of common hazards found in the entertainment industry.

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Loading the Arbor: How to add counterweight
without a loading bridge —
Dramatics Magazine (April 2008)
Detailed options for safely maintaining control of a counterweight system when dealing with a theatre that does not have a
loading bridge.

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Batten End Caps — Live Design (April 2007)
Safety support items for users of rigging systems, professionals and non-professionals alike.

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Things You Should Know — Protocol (Spring 2004)
Rigging equipment “cheat sheet” of specifications for cables, chains, shackles, counterweights and more.

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Making Safety a Priority for Your Theatrical Rigging —
DramaBiz (January 2009)
"From a falling crescent wrench left on a sheet metal raceway to substituting rock climbing equipment for staging flying effects, theatres have not always put safety as a top priority when creating eye-popping treats for an audience." — Brent McWilliams

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Safety & Security: What You Don't Know —
School Planning & Management (May 2010)
Little known code requirements for K-12 theater and
auditorium stages.

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