The Rigging Safety Initiatve (RSI) offers free stage rigging inspections and safety training for secondary schools across America. Schools can apply for the service twice a year, in spring and fall. The deadline for the spring cycle was April 25, but don’t let that discourage you from learning how you can participate.
The RSI is open to all secondary schools nationwide. Once a school’s application is approved, they choose from a list of participating ETCP certified rigging inspectors in their area. USITT pays the inspector directly for the inspection and four to six hours of safety training for faculty and student stage crew. The only cost to schools may be the inspector’s travel and housing — if necessary — and any special equipment such as a lift to access the system.
USITT has a national network of inspectors, so many schools find their cost is ZERO. The school gets a detailed status report on their rigging — what’s working properly and what potential safety problems can be prevented with routine care. Free safety training for up to eight staff & students helps ensure safe operation of a complex system. Thanks to our sponsors & donors, we can promote safe stages for students at little or no cost to schools!
For a list of participating rigging inspectors, click here (IA Stage is a USITT approved Rigging Contractor!)