There comes a point where all systems need an upgrade to make sure they continue to be safe, efficient, and operational. The rigging business is no different with its systems.
Lyons Township High School recently had Flyhouse upgrade their theatrical rigging system from a manual to an automated ETC rigging system. The previous system had become unsafe and dangerous to continue to use in productions.
Over the course of the project, Flyhouse demolished the existing counterbalance and out-of-compliance curtain system before any newer systems could be installed. The new rigging system included single and double purchase counterweight line sets, a motorized counterweight line set and dead hung side tabs for brand new curtains.
While the newer rigging system was an upgrade, the already established structural features required some innovative methods to create workarounds to install the system. For Flyhouse, the challenge of installing around I-beams, an HVAC system, water pipes, and existing conduits was just another day at the office.
Lyons new theatrical rigging system is now up-to-date and productions can move forward safely.
The safety of the equipment in your performance space is critical. If your equipment isn’t safe, you aren’t safe. Below we outline a few questions to help understand why having a rigging inspection completed is necessary to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.
Rigging Inspection FAQs
Why is a rigging inspection necessary?
Rigging inspections ensure that overhead rigging equipment is in good, working condition and is performing as intended. An inspection decreases the risk of accidents and helps extend the life of the equipment by identifying correctable issues before they become major repairs or potential accidents.
How often is it recommended to have rigging equipment inspected?
Per the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) E1.4 and newly defined ANSI E1.47 industry standards, as well as all major manufacturer’s user guides, entertainment rigging equipment must be inspected annually at a minimum.
What is done during a rigging inspection?
Typical inspections consist of a visual, aural, and tactile testing of each rigging system component. Depending on the type of inspection being performed, rigging sub-systems may be exercised briefly, or a more thorough evaluation may be undertaken as required by the type of inspection. Line sets will be moved through their full travel while the inspector looks, listens, and feels for problems. Curtains will be inspected for dry rot and flame retardancy. Fire curtains will be tested and timed to ensure that they are code-compliant. Even non-moving equipment like catwalks and box boom lighting positions may be inspected for tight hardware and cracked welds. We follow an inspection checklist to make sure the most efficient inspection has been completed.
How do we get someone from Flyhouse to come out and inspect our equipment?
To have Flyhouse come out to complete an inspection of your equipment, the process is simple. Fill out our online inspection form, answer some basic questions about your system, and we will follow up with you to provide a quote for the inspection. If you accept our proposed quote, we will then schedule an inspection at your facility.
What qualifications do your inspectors have?
All Flyhouse technicians are Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) certified and have years of experience inspecting a wide-range of rigging systems.
What standards does Flyhouse follow during inspections?
Chicago Flyhouse follows the guidance provided by ANSI E1.4 and E1.47, as well as manufacturer guidelines for inspection of rigging components and sub-systems. Flyhouse technicians follow an inspection checklist containing criteria developed as part of our inspection process. For most inspections, Flyhouse provides two qualified inspectors for the same price as many of our competitors that only provide one.
Is there a cost involved?
There is a cost involved when a rigging inspection is completed and will vary based on the size of the facility. Costs may include potential lift rental, travel costs, and additional time for larger facilities. Inspections do not cover the cost of potential repairs. To receive a quote on the cost of an inspection, fill out a Flyhouse Rigging Inspection Form.
Will we receive a written report of the final inspection?
When an inspection has been completed, Flyhouse will provide a written report on the findings. The detailed report will include photographic examples of any issues encountered during the inspection. The report will inform a repair technician on what the issues are and what should be done to correct them.
If it shows we need to make repairs on our system, is that something Flyhouse can do?
If your report shows repairs are necessary, Flyhouse is able to perform the repairs. Flyhouse manufacturer-trained technicians ensure rigging systems are repaired according to manufacturer requirements and industry-standard installation practices.
Flyhouse also offers a Safer Venue subscription which bundles inspection, repair, and training into one cohesive service package at an affordable price.
Topics: Rigging System
Southeast Area Elementary is a new school in the southeastern section of Chicago. The three-story, 110,000 square foot building is able to house 1,200 students with 44 classrooms to accommodate them.
As part of the new construction, a stage and theater area was designed on one-half of a gymnasium, where performances and other events were able to take place.
Flyhouse was brought in to install 18 dead hung line sets with travelers and a curtain system.
Installing a dead hung line set system is a fairly standard project where steel pipe battens, suspended by a chain, have the ability to hang curtain tracks, lights or other items needed for a performance.
During the installation process, Flyhouse’s team observed the roof in the gymnasium where the line set system was to go had a noticeable and challenging slant. In order to complete the install, Flyhouse needed to discover a technique to the counter the slant and still get the job done on-time.
By hanging supplemental steel that countered the unusual structural steel hung above the stage, a standard hanging grid was fabricated so that the usual hanging points for standard line sets were created. Our full custom fabrication shop lets us meet challenges like these as we can take any and all forms of steel and aluminum to meet all structural challenges.
Flyhouse was able to make installation a success and exited stage left to another project before the lights came up on the first performance.