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27 June 2012

PLASA Rigging Conference Announces New Session from the Health and Safety Executive

The PLASA Rigging Conference, 10 and 11 September 2012, has already built a strong reputation as a forum for promoting professional standards and practices across the industry. To consolidate and build on this PLASA Events are delighted to confirm a new session to add to the already packed programme of events.

Flip Sandell (HSE) asks: A shackle falls to the stage and hits a stagehand causing life threatening injuries: what happens now?

Flip Sandell currently works in the HSE's Entertainment and Leisure Sector and is responsible for their role in live music events, theatre, film, broadcasting and fairgrounds. Flip's session will explain what happens during the investigation - from when the investigator first arrives until the final closure of the file. He will be able to answer questions such as: what are the legal duties, where do they lie and what planning can you do to make sure the buck stops elsewhere?

This seminar provides an invaluable opportunity for all rigging practitioners to become fully informed and aware as to their professional roles and responsibilities in the industry.

The HSE session joins the busy programme of speakers and topics already confirmed, including:

Ground Supported Structures led by Malcolm Richards
Understanding dynamic loads and what really happens when the go button is pushed? presented by Nick Barnfield
Performer flying, aerial performance and physical theatre rigging led by Robert Dean

Not forgetting the conference's keynote speaker this year, Roy Bickel, one of the original 'Disney Riggers' and an iconic figure from the global world of rigging.

Look out for details coming soon of the Rigger's Forum taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 9 September. This is an informal event that offers riggers unable to attend the main conference the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges in their working environment with experts in the industry.

Book now: Special Early Booking Rates Will Expire on 8 July

• Until 8 July PLASA Members or NRC / ETCP qualified delegates can purchase tickets for £220 + VAT. Full price after 8 July will be £275 +VAT.

• Until 8 July Non-Members can purchase tickets for £265 + VAT. Full price after 8 July will be
£330 + VAT.

For further information and 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.