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27 August 2013

PLASA Rigging Conference 2013 expands focus to include structures

Early booking discounts available until end of August

London, UK: 27 August 2013 - The 4th annual PLASA Rigging Conference will expand this year to focus on structures as well as rigging issues, bringing in experts from both fields to share their knowledge, experiences and advice. The PLASA Rigging Conference takes place on 7-8 October 2013 at its new home, ExCeL London, and visitors are encouraged to book their tickets before the end of August to take advantage of early booking discounts.

The keynote speech will be given by one of the rigging industry's leading and longest-serving practitioners, Robin Elias of Unusual Rigging, whose light-hearted account of his long career will act as a vehicle to illustrate the challenges and rewards of working as a rigger. Robin has worked on everything from rock and roll to installing works of art, TV stunts and the engineering for some of the largest objects moved in the name of entertainment, and his experiences are sure to inspire the next generation of riggers.

Gavin Bull from the HSE's Construction Division will present the first of three sessions on the second day of the conference, addressing the issues surrounding the use of Temporary Demountable Structures (TDS). Gavin will discuss the significant impact that the proposed Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2014 may have on the industry when they come into effect in October 2014. The new regulations will require the activities of all parties, from producers to sub-contractors, to be co-ordinated and that everyone in the employment chain understands their own responsibilities to each other. This session is highly recommended for anyone involved in the 'construction' side of the entertainment industry, using prefabricated elements to build stages, roof systems, grandstands and similar structures.

More details of additional contributors will be released shortly. Further details of the programme content and speakers can be found at

Registration is live now - early booking rates are available until the end of August; to book tickets visit:

Until 31 August PLASA Members or NRC / ETCP qualified delegates can purchase tickets for £235 + VAT. Non-Members can purchase tickets for £275 + VAT.

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.