Safety Above All Else - InterAmerica Stage, Inc. Provides Additional Training for Rigging Crews

Safety Above All Else
InterAmerica Stage Provides Additional Training for Rigging Crews


Sanford, FL, March 2017 - Safe overhead access was the driving force behind InterAmerica Stage, Inc.’s signature product, SkyDeck™. To continue addressing industry needs regarding difficult access areas, IAStage recently hosted a SPRAT* (Society of Professional Rope Access** Technicians) training and certification.


L-R: Sandon Clarke, Steve Schell, Eli Torres, Shannon DiNicola, John Neal (on ground), William Garret Jones


L-R: Sandon Clarke, Steve Schell, Eli Torres, Shannon DiNicola, John Neal (on ground), William Garret Jones


Rhino Access’s John Neal and Matt Hudson served as instructors for the course. Hudson, who also sits on SPRAT’s board of directors, says, “Rope access work methods are gaining traction in the Entertaining Rigging industry. Having the ability to use rope access in addition to other methods such as scaffold, aerial lifts, and structure climbing expands a rigging crew’s capability.” Five IAStage technicians completed the rigorous, week-long course. Sandon Clark, Shannon DiNicola, William Garrett Jones, Steve Schell, and Eli Torres earned SPRAT certification.


Bottom Photo, L-R: Shannon DiNicola, Steve Schell, Sandon Clark (red helmet)


Bottom Photo, L-R: Shannon DiNicola, Steve Schell, Sandon Clark (red helmet)


Training and testing includes written, oral, and field evaluations. “It's one of the most intense trainings I have done to date,” said Shannon DiNicola, a newly certified technician, “and I understand why. This takes ‘trusting your equipment’ to a whole new level.”


InterAmerica Stage, Inc. is an ETCP recognized company that proudly employs ETCP Certified Arena and Theatre Riggers, including 1 Recognized Trainer and 1 Subject Matter Expert.
* Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians
** “Rope access refers to a set of techniques where ropes and specialized hardware are used as the primary means of providing access and support to workers” in challenging vertical access situations.