An Introduction To Rigging In The Entertainment Industry by Chris Higgs ETP01

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An Introduction to Rigging in the Entertainment Industry

by Chris Higgs "An Introduction to Rigging in the Entertainment Industry" is a unique reference work for this wide-ranging subject. The book is a practical guide to rigging techniques and practices and also thoroughly covers safety issues and discusses the implications of working within recommended guidelines and regulations. Chris Higgs' career was paved from working in regional theatres through to specializing in rigging and stage machinery. Health issues put a stop to full time rigging in the late nineties, at which point Chris applied his extensive experience in this field to safety and rigging training. This book brings his training material together in one publication as a stand-alone reference work for riggers and rigging. Although an essential addition to the bookshelf of anyone working at height and with temporary overhead structures, this book is not intended to replace any formal training and should be used as a complement to safety training, not a replacement.

Contents by Chapter:


  • 1

    Rigging and Regulations What is Rigging?; The Law; Accidents and Injuries; Training; Training of Young People; A Safety Culture; Health and Safety Legislation Enforcement; Penalties;The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations; European Law; The CE Mark; The Machinery Directive; The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations; The Management of Health and Safety Regulations; Health and Safety at Work Regulations

  • 2

    Risk Assessment Carrying Out Risk Assessment; Risk Assessment - The Numbers Method; Method Statements; Sample Method Statement;

  • 3

    Lifting and Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) Equipment Inspection; The Safe Working Load; Proof Testing; Inspection of Equipment; The Competent Person; Test Certificates and Certificates of Conformity; Report of Inspection / Thorough Examination; Insurance

  • 4

    Safe Systems Safety Bonds, Safety Chains, etc; Secondary Load Suspensions ('Safeties'); Fire Safety; Secondary Suspension Checklist; Principal Legislation Relating to Rigging Work

  • 5

    Basic Rigging Theory Dynamic Loads; Load Estimation; Conference and Ballroom Rigging; Slinging; Softening for Slings; Bridles; Bridle Force Calculations by Trigonometry; Slinging; Slinging Trusses

  • 6

    Lifting and Rigging Equipment Fibre Rope; Climbing Ropes; Pulleys; Shackles; Man Made Fibre Roundslings; K Links; Steel Wire Rope; DIN 1142 Wire Rope Grips; Wedge Sockets; Bullets; PVC Covered Wire Ropes; Inspection of Steel Wire Ropes; Wire Rope Slings; Using Steel Wire Rope Slings; Hand Chain Blocks; Electric Chain Hoists; Hoist Chain; CM Lodestar Hoists; Verlinde Chain Hoists; Electric Chain Hoist Design; Hoist Controllers; Lifting and Lowering Chain Motors; Klein Tools; 'O'Rings; Beam clamps; Chain slings; Hooks; Eyebolts; Rigging Screws; Trusses; Lightweight Trusses; Ground Support (Indoor); Superlifts and Supertowers; Example of Guidance Notes for Superlifts; Outdoor Ground Support Systems and Rooftops; Ground Conditions; Guying; Management of Systems; Weather; Beaufort Windscale

  • 7

    Theatrical Rigging Counterweight Flying; Operating Counterweight sets; Handwinches; Electric Chain Hoists in Theatre; Personnel Flying

  • 8

    Working at Height Ladders; Towers; Tallescopes; Powered Access; Grids and Catwalks; Climbing; Key Points to Remember; Personal Protective Equipment; Nets; Work Positioning or Fall Arrest?; Personal Protective Equipment for Working at Height; Harnesses; Suspension Trauma; Lanyards; Connectors; Helmets; Fall Arrest Systems; Wire Rope Ladders; Fall Arrest Systems for Wire Rope Ladders; Transport, Handling and Maintenance of Wire Rope Ladders; Wire Rope Ladder Inspection; Rigging at Height; Risk Assessment; Safe System of Work; Klein Tools Inc; De-Rigging

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