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I am not a certified rigger or an engineer. These are only guidelines. Please consult certified professionals with your specific safety questions.
Unfortunately, in the world of aerial, you cannot assume that everything is always rigged correctly or with proper equipment.
Unfortunately, in the world of aerial, far too many people walk into unsafe situations without realizing it. Some walk out unscathed. Others don't.
There are MANY amazing, responsible, trustworthy teachers and organizations out there who put ENORMOUS effort into making sure that they keeping students and performers safe. But there are also exceptions. Because of this, you need to be an advocate for your own safety. Even if you are not a professional rigger or engineer, you can still do a lot to check in on safety conditions.
It can be emotionally difficult to confront a potential safety issue. It may feel uncomfortable to suggest the person in charge might have something irresponsible. Bear in mind that what concerns you may not be an issue at all, or it could very well be deadly. Remain neutral and non-accusatory. You could be totally wrong, or you could be saving someone's life. That life is infinitely more important than anybody's ego.
1. In a new aerial setting, scan the scene.
2. If you do not immediately recognize the equipment being used, as the person in charge:
3. If you notice clearly dangerous rigging or equipment that is visibly compromised, e.g., worn down, cracked, rusty:
4. If there are no mats:
5. If you're just not sure and you can't get a clear answer from the person in charge:
ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF. It might not be comfortable but it is sooo much nicer than hanging out in a hospital bed.
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