Promoting Rigging Safety

ESTA takes the lead in pushing higher standards in what remains a dangerous line of work.

The spotlight technician who fell 50ft. to his death while working a David Bowie concert in Miami in May served as a chilling reminder that rigging remains a dangerous business, despite improved education and procedures in recent years.

One organization that's dedicated to improving rigging safety is the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) through its Rigging Working Group. Based in New York, ESTA ( is

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