International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

ESTA and PLASA have announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER).  The document, which is an outline of actions to be taken at each stage of rigging, from pre-design through removal from the venue,  is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.  ICOPER was created to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model sequence of considerations and actions.  The focus is on arena rigging, however it is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. Regulations and standards differ around the world, so ICOPER is not prescriptive. However, it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, are expected to produce predictable results and enhance safe practice.

ESTA and USITT Announce New World Rigging Symposium

ESTA and USITT announce the New World Rigging Symposium, on March 13-14, 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry. 

Sessions will give participants opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields such as structural engineering and risk management. The Symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. 

Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on March 15th as well as a discount on the conference registration. 

You can email riggingsymposium@esta.org to be notified when registration opens.

USITT #RIGSAFE DAY APRIL 29!

For the second year in a row, USITT is promoting rigging safety on social media by asking people to use the hashtag #RigSafe on April 29th.  USITT will be promoting their Rigging Safety Initiative providing free rigging inspections and safety training for high school stages.  USITT is also producing the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclass in Denver this June.

The importance of knowledgeable, safety conscious riggers is obvious when we consider that there are literally tons of equipment hanging over the heads of the audience and performers in many of our theaters.  USITT does a good job of offering training to high school and college students.  ESTA and their Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) take the next step by administering an industry-wide program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians in the categories of Rigger-Arena, Rigger-Theatre, and Entertainment Electrician.

These exams are a voluntary test of certain abilities, skills and knowledge in each category.  Individuals who have passed the exam have demonstrated proficiency in their respective field.  Studio T+L supports increased professionalism for entertainment technicians, and requires that an ETCP certified technician lead the rigging installation team on all of our projects.  We also encourage theatre owners and producers to support their technicians in attaining ETCP certified status.  ESTA offers ETCP exam guidance and information to organizations and individuals here.