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13 September 2013

PLASA Rigging Conference 2013 welcomes key sponsors

Unusual Rigging and Outback Rigging become headline sponsors for event

London, UK: 13 September 2013 - The 4th annual PLASA Rigging Conference is proud to announce that it will be supported by major sponsors for the first time, cementing its growing reputation as an essential event for the industry. Unusual Rigging becomes the Platinum sponsor while Outback Rigging is on board as the Gold sponsor. The PLASA Rigging Conference takes place on 7-8 October 2013 at its new home, ExCeL London.

Unusual's Managing Director, Alan Jacobi, said, "Rigging is a key element of almost every event, with its ever increasing scale, size, weight and complexity making a considerable impact, but the consequences of getting it wrong can be disastrous. Conferences such as this are vital in ensuring we continue to debate and improve working practices and Unusual is proud to be this year's Platinum sponsor." Robin Elias of Unusual Rigging, one of the rigging industry's leading and longest-serving practitioners, will give the keynote speech which will illustrate the challenges and rewards of working as a rigger.

Mark Surtees, Managing Director, Outback Rigging, said, "We are pleased to be a Gold sponsor for this year's PLASA Rigging Conference. It's the best opportunity for riggers and rigging companies from far and wide to discuss ideas and challenge engineers, safety professionals and policy makers. As a result we can inspire research, improve standards and continue the process of developing the rigging sector". Mark Surtees will deliver the closing summary on day 2 of the conference.

The programme will focus on structures as well as rigging issues this year, bringing in experts from both fields including Cristiano Giavedoni of Kinesys, Chris Böttger from Tors Rigging, Gavin Bull from the HSE's Construction Division, Malcolm Richards of M.A. Richards and Company and Scott Nacheman of Thornton Tomasetti, to share their knowledge, experiences and advice.

In addition attendees can book a place at the Riggers' Forum, held on Sunday 6 October from 2-5pm. This informal event, which costs £40 + VAT, provides company and freelance riggers with a platform to openly discuss issues affecting their daily working lives. The Forum will include 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 will be members of the National Rigging Advisory Group, safety advisors and PLASA Skills to answer questions about the NRC.

Up-to-date details of the PLASA Rigging Conference programme content and speakers can be found at Registration is live now - to book tickets visit:

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.