Applications for Rigging Safety Initiative Now Open

September 3, 2021

Applications for the 2021 Rigging Safety Initiative are now open through Oct. 28, 2021.

The 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 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.

Because of USITT's national network of inspectors, many schools find their cost is ZERO. Each school receives 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!

Apply for RSI here.

A special thank you to our Rigging Safety Initiative sponsors: H&H Specialties Inc., JR Clancy, and ETC.