The National Rigging Advisory Group promotes and produces rigging related guidance documents:
- NRAG Guidance – Rigging from points provided by a venue
- NRAG Guidance – Skills fade and the impact on riggers returning to work following the lifting of restrictions on live events
- PLASA & NRAG – Important bulletin on working at height with response
- NRAG Guidance – Roles and responsibilities
- NRAG Guidance – Chain collection bags
- NRAG Guidance – Load suspension using electric chain hoists over stages and auditoria
- NRAG Guidance – Materials handling lifts
- NRAG Guidance – Temporary aerial fibre and wire rope camera systems
The NRAG also recommend the following document(s):
RIGGING IN THE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS INDUSTRY – HOW DID YOU START?
In early 2023, we conducted a survey to understand how riggers started their career.
We received 220 responses, who shared information on how they heard about the industry, as well as their first and current roles.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this survey.
This Code of Practice has been created in association with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Production Services Association (PSA), the Lifting Engineers and Equipment Association (LEEA), and Total Solutions Ltd.
The flight case ‘aide- memoire’ can be used when out on tour as a reminder on how to use long link chain in accordance with the agreed safe use.
In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines.
You can download the latest version for free by completing the form below.
The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.
Key areas covered in ICOPER include: Pre-Installation, Planning and Engineering, Drawing Conventions, Equipment Selection, Onsite Rigging Work, Lifting Operations, Show Rigging Operations, De-Rigging Work, and Post Production. Also included in the document are a glossary, an appendix covering determinate and indeterminate rigging systems, and a regional comparison of terms regarding standards.
The principal authors of the Code are Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (United Kingdom), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands).
The authors believe that recognition and acceptance of this universal code will help promote regulatory harmony and reduce potential conflicts between regions around the world. They hope the resulting improvements in communications and relations with regional and local regulators will be particularly beneficial to those professionals involved in international production.
Acknowledging that regulations and standards differ around the world, ICOPER is not prescriptive, rather it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, will produce uniformly predictable results and enhance safe practice. Adopting and supporting ICOPER therefore benefits everyone involved in event production.