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Rigging, Truss and Pipe

How To Keep It A Safe Environment

Does your rigging system include dog chain, S-hooks, climbing carabiners or Crosby clips? If so, you may need an inspection by a professional rigger.

Look up into the air! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s, it’s.... Well it really isn’t that interesting. It’s not Superman, you know, it’s just a piece of lighting truss.  Of course like the mild-mannered Clark Kent, plain and boring on the outside, trusses and the accompanying rigging are as strong as steel and do super feats to keep the lighting gear it holds from dropping out of the sky, and that’s pretty important if you think about it.

So why is having the right truss, pipe, and rigging equipment installed correctly an important part?

Pipe, truss, and all of the equipment used to hang stuff from the building’s structure is collectively called rigging and is one of the unsung heroes of the lighting industry. It’s part of the primary infrastructure of a lighting system and one of the unseen expenses of the system, as well as one of the most dangerous parts.  Anytime that you hang something above head height there is always a risk of injury or death if the piece of equipment was to fall.  Incorrect rigging could fail at any time and cause damage or even death to others.

At the Indiana State Fair in August 2011, seven people were killed and 58 injured from a collapse of trusses and stage equipment.  Although the failure was caused by wind, the collapse of the truss roof demonstrates the amount of destruction that can happen when a truss fails. As such, it has to be said that rigging is not a do-it-yourself kind of job.


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Truss vs. Pipe

So Which Do I Use?

Each has its pros and cons, and you must decide based on application.  Lighting truss is a complex machine that is purposely designed to span great lengths and to hold large amounts of weight safely. Truss, while simple in appearance, is complex in execution as it has very particular handling, assembly, and hanging requirements.  Truss is especially good when the primary building structure has a wide spacing, since truss can easily span 40 feet between structural supports. It also tends to be able to handle more weight than pipe, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. Of course the size is determined by the application. The larger the truss the stronger it is; 12-inch and 20-inch box truss are common sizes. Truss is also more expensive because of the cost of the aluminum alloys and the more complex manufacturing process that is used to make it. Truss easily bolts together and is a better option than pipe for temporary installations.

Like truss, steel pipe can be used to support lighting equipment, but pipe is lowly in its design and as such can only span a short distance before it has to be structurally supported; usually every 8-10 feet. Pipe offers some great advantages in that it is much less expensive, more readily available, and is lighter and simpler in its assembly, so generally pipe is the default product for a permanent install.

No matter which one is chosen for your application, let us help you make that decision.  We are experienced in rigging and with the help of a structural engineer, we can make it a safe environment for years to come.