Originally Posted by Kai
Drew, Nice move starting this forum! Rigging is one of the most dangerous things you can be asked to do. Personally I think every church that has full time technicians should invest in sending them for certified training on temporary, permanent, and open space rigging (not to mention fall protection). Every tech that may be in a position to rig should know how to build drift lines, crimp sleeves, properly use shackles, slings, and chain, tie knots, research ratings, and inspect the gear used for the trade. This should be fundamental.
Rigging is a big part of my Job as a theatre technician in a fly house, and alot of times we have to get creative about it, especially when performers are invloved, using redundant systems along with primary safeties and so forth. This can only be done through certified training.
So, if you are on staff at your church, mention that it is definately in the churchs best intrest to send you to a rigging course!
i worked for a rigging company, i got this training, there were no courses, i learned it by trial and error, working with seasoned riggers, and watching their mistakes
1) this is a saddle back
2) dont fall
i wholly agree on the danger involved with rigging, i still do some rigging, mostly for broadcast antennas but still the same
in this you can get WAY over your head, really fast and not know it till it is too late, ask BEFORE you get in the air