Rigging Problems, Part II: How to tell there’s a problem

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Rigging ProblemsEquipment wears down with regular use. Do you know how to tell if there’s a problem with your rigging?

Sudden increase in difficulty moving a set. Consistency is a hallmark of quality. Any equipment that is inconsistent has something wrong with it.

Noise while moving a set. Scraping, squeaking, squealing, or a prolonged squawk are all signs of trouble. There should be no noise in the system other than the occasional, slight sound of an arbor’s guide on the guide system.

Vibrations or change in the feel of the set. A sticky section, a free-fall, or a hitch are all indicators of bad situations. Trust your instincts.


Take a look. Anyone can find a problem. In fact, the more people out looking for the problem will get it dealt with early on, before the damage becomes show-stopping dangerous. Issues caught early can be dealt with through adjustment of the equipment or replacement.

Get it inspected. Take the time once a year to have someone qualified walk through the system and really look for problems.

Get it replaced. If the damage went on too long or was too severe to fix, get it replaced. Peace of mind only comes through diligence, awareness and a commitment to safety.

To schedule an inspection by an ETCP certified rigging professional, contact J. R. Clancy (800-836-1885), or contact one of these organizations for a list of qualified inspectors in your area:

USITT: www.usitt.org
PLASA: etcp.plasa.org

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