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3 September 2013

PLASA Rigging Conference 2013 examines safety issues and lessons learned from structural failures

Registration opens for the Riggers' Forum

London, UK: 3 September 2013 - More industry experts have been confirmed to speak at the 4th annual PLASA Rigging Conference which takes place on 7-8 October 2013 at its new home, ExCeL London. Topics include control system design, truss design criteria and discussing structural collapse. In addition, the popular Riggers' Forum held on 6 October is now open for registration, the annual opportunity promising to provide informal and lively debate.

Scott Nacheman of Thornton Tomasetti managed the investigations into the failures of the supporting structures at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 and in Toronto in 2012. In this session Scott leads a panel of engineers, users and manufacturers in an account of the examination of the Indiana State Fair incident and a discussion of the lessons learned from the tragedy. The session will also look at initiatives involving the development of standards, regulations and inspection requirements.

Cristiano Giavedoni of Kinesys will speak about the 'Four Lost Islands'. In this session Cris will look at different approaches to control system design from the very simple to the complex, and discuss how systems can be managed, inspected and classified.

Malcolm Richards of M.A. Richards and Company has been designing aluminium structures in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. His presentation will dispel some of the myths about trusses and help delegates to build a solid understanding of the principles of truss design. The session includes an overview of the reasons trusses are made in the way they are, and the many misconceptions surrounding their use.

Riggers once again get their own event at the Riggers' Forum, held on Sunday 6 October from 2-5pm. This informal event, which costs £l40+VAT, provides company and freelance riggers with a platform to openly discuss issues affecting their daily working lives. This year's Forum includes a short presentation about climbing on trusses, an issue currently under scrutiny by the HSE, followed by an open forum for questions and points of concern. On hand to field questions will be members of the National Rigging Advisory Group, safety advisors and PLASA Skills to answer questions about the NRC. Anyone wishing to raise specific questions or issues can email them in advance to info@plasariggingconference.com.

Up-to-date details of the PLASA Rigging Conference programme content and speakers can be found at www.plasariggingconference.com. Registration is live now - early booking rates are available until mid-September; to book tickets visit: www.plasariggingconference.com

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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