School’s Out, Safety’s In: Play it Safe This Summer!


As the school year winds down and summer approaches, this is an ideal time to plan your theater’s rigging inspection. Rigging inspections are an essential part of ensuring the safety of your students, audience, and those who assist with theater productions. Why are theater rigging inspections so important? How often does ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) recommend getting an inspection? Why is summer the optimal time to schedule your inspection? Find out below!


I’m New Here: What’s Rigging?

Theater rigging refers to the equipment used to support scenery, lighting, and other stage elements. This equipment includes hoists, ropes, cables, pulleys, and more. A failure in any part of the rigging system could result in serious injury.


A Rigging Inspection Identifies Potential Safety Hazards, Such As….

A rigging inspection will identify any potential safety hazards, such as frayed ropes, worn-out cables, or damaged pulleys. It will also ensure that the equipment is properly installed and meets industry standards. By identifying and addressing these issues, a rigging inspection can help prevent accidents and protect those who work in and attend theater productions.


ANSI Guidelines for Theater Rigging Inspections

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established guidelines for theater rigging inspections. These guidelines provide recommendations for the frequency of inspections, what should be inspected, and who should perform the inspections. (*Hint: JR Clancy offers top inspectors! Click Here to get started scheduling your inspection!)

According to the ANSI guidelines, rigging inspections should be performed at least once a year. However, inspections should be performed more frequently if the theater is heavily used or if there have been changes to the rigging system. The inspections should be performed by a qualified inspector who has experience with theater rigging (*Hint: JR Clancy has highly qualified inspectors: Click Here to get started scheduling your inspection!)


Why is Summer the Optimal Time for Rigging Inspections?

During the summer, the theater is typically used less (or not at all) in comparison to the school year. This makes it easier to schedule an inspection without disrupting ongoing productions, classes, or student/teacher traffic.

Summer also poses a great time to make any necessary repairs or upgrades to the rigging system. This causes less disruption to school-year activities. You’re free to make upgrades, install new equipment, or update safety features without the concern of students or faculty walking in and around the stage.


Check your theater’s annual rigging inspection off your summer to-do list.

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