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Rigging Workshop

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What to know before buying your own equipment!

This is a list of some very important things I think everyone should learn before they invest in their own equipment. Always remember that SAFETY is the most important thing in aerial. Always inspect your equipment and always practice with a spotter. Remember that everything you do is at your own risk, and no one else can be held liable for your actions.

Before we begin there are a few rigging terms you should look up...

Dynamic forces
Shock Load
Static Load

Swinging Load

Spinning Load

Rated Strength

Mounting point

Safety Factor

  1. 1) What is risk assessment, and how does it apply to aerial? Is there such a thing as zero risk? How can we minimize risk in aerial?

  2. 2) What is a weak link analysis?

  3. 3) What does it mean to rig from the ground up?

  4. 4) How often do you need to inspect your equipment? What are you looking for? What is an inspection log?

Know your equipment

1. Silks
What is fabric made out of?
What are the different types of stretch fabric? Pros and cons of each?How wide do you want your fabric to be? How long?
How do you calculate its length?

2. Lyra
What is a Lyra made out of?
How do you measure how big it needs to be to fit your body?
How thick does it need to be?
List the different types of Lyras (example: double tab) Pros and cons of each?What kind of tape do you need?
How do you tape your Lyra?

3. Hardware

  • Steal vs. aluminum what are the pros and cons of each?

  • How do you tell if something is steal or aluminum?

  • What is a carabiner? What is a shackle or quick link? Pros and Cons of each? Rated

    Strength of each?

  • What is a rescue 8 descender? Other names for it? What is it used for in aerial?

    What is it actually made for?

  • What is a Swivel? What are they used for? What is the breaking strength?

  • What is a span set? Round sling? How do they work? What is the difference in their

    rating? Why are some colored and others are black? Name the different ways to

    hang them?

  • What other things can be used to hang aerial equipment? Pros and cons?

  • What is a pulley system? What is it used for?

  • List all hardware needed for your apparatus?

  • Do you know how to attach all your hardware?


    What can I rig to?

    First calculate all the dynamic forces involved in your apparatus? What is the max load your mounting point needs to hold? What is the safety factor you should use?

    How strong does your mounting point need to be? What is holding your mounting point up and how does your force get sent to the ground? What is the weakest link between you and the ground?

    What kind of structure can support these dynamic forces?

    1) Portable Rig:
    What are the different types of rigs? Pros and cons of each?What can you rig from each kind?
    What are they made out of?
    Who engineered them? Are they certified?
    What kind of dynamic forces can be applied to each?

    2) Trussing:
    What is trussing? How does it work?
    What are the pros and cons of rigging from trussing?Where can you find it?
    How do you rig from it?

    3) I beams:
    What is an I beam?
    Where can you find it?
    How do you rig from it?
    What is an I beam clamp?





4) Trees:
Do you know what kind of tree it is?
Do you know how to tell if it has a disease?

Pros and cons of rigging in trees?
How do you calculate its strength rating?
How do you rig from a tree?
How can you protect the tree?
How do you create a fail safe?






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