Our school has cables for all of our fixtures, but when we were focusing, I pulled one to check if it was secure, and it broke. Does anyone have easy ways to check the soundness of them, so we don't have one fail when it is needed?
This usually does the trick. Show them that there is a signifigant risk, and you'll get some money. Shouldn't be that much - say $100 (oh wait, that's alot for some schools...). Good luck on this one.
meh, just tell them you don't need text books for the next year, that'll save them money.This usually does the trick. Show them that there is a signifigant risk, and you'll get some money. Shouldn't be that much - say $100 (oh wait, that's alot for some schools...). Good luck on this one.
Like I said, you get the dollar amount, you take the bad one in and you say, these could fail and someone could die if they are not replaced. They only cost $2 each. Find the money to make the theater safe. It shouldn't be too hard to do. If you have a hard time convincing them it isn't safe, ask them if they would like to hear from an "expert". Call your local college or community theater and ask them if they would mind testifying for you.This usually does the trick. Show them that there is a signifigant risk, and you'll get some money. Shouldn't be that much - say $100 (oh wait, that's alot for some schools...). Good luck on this one.
I always have two people walk the electrics to check safeties and fixtures (make sure camps are tight, shutters are open, etc.). As Techiegirly said, more often than not you come across fixtures that need attention.This is kind of off subject but I'd like to suggest after hanging each electric you should walk from one side to the next and physically touch each cable to make sure it's attached. I've made this a habit and EVERY SINGLE TIME someone (sometimes, me) has left at least 1 cable off. I never send an electric up until I've done this.
I notice a lot of people forget to do this. Like when you go to strike and you come along that one fixture that never got cabled.
thelightingmancan...I'm from Leesburg, Virginia! I went to Loudoun County.
If it is a question of safety you should always take the issue up with the superior of whoever told you to forego safety. The person who thought leaving out safety will thank you when your efforts save them, even if they dislike you until that point. Besides, putting a safety cable on a light only adds 10 seconds to hanging the fixture.What can I do in such a situation when an older member of the crew decides to forego safety because THEY think it will be fine. Take it up with the TD? How does one avoid confrontation? As the younger, up-and-coming generation of entertainment designers and technicians, we are easily taught and more than happy to conform to the newer safety standards to help make the stage a safer place for everyone. How do we combat the "old dogs" who forego safety? I mean, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I get that, but what is one to do?
This is just one example. I see this type of thing happen ALL the time.
And you, I bet you weren't supervised (I hope you don't mind that we give you a hard time).Er... after all the safety speeches in the last posts ... maybe I shouldn't mention what happened today:
So I was up in the canopy, but *removed* clipped in, with another student who was *removed* trained to be up in the catwalks. Anyways, it's possible that I dropped my first item from the canopy... We were striking a 6x12 that had a top hot on it. I'm not sure if it's the lack of sleep, or me rushing to get done, but I either forgot there was a top-hot there, or that 360Qs don't have any sort of clip on the color frame holder. Needless to say the top-hot made its way to ground level at about 9.8m/s^2. I felt like an idiot. And there were people around (did I mention that my theatre is also a hallway? ). Luckily all these people were on the balcony level (but one is a jerk, so he coulda been in the aisle; and minutes before, he was stretching my c-wrench lanyard several feet!). The top hot got bent out of shape a little bit, there was no damage to the bench it hit, everything was fine, but I managed to blurt out a very loud expletive during the top-hat's descent.
Anyways, I proceeded to straighten out the catwalks, as they were a total mess. I was moving one cable run to the side, when it snapped and crackled something crazy. I turned off the power. Let it sit for a few minutes, and it was still hot to the touch. I uncircuited the twofer in question, and took a look at the pins. I think I found my problem. The ground and neutral pins were pushed into the connector a considerable amount, leaving the hot as the longest pin, the only one making solid contact. That spooked me. I'm not sure specifically what type of metal the catwalks are made out of, but I'm worried it conducts electricity!
So, essentially that was my day.
Our top hats have no where one could attach a safety. At least not that I can remember.And you, I bet you weren't supervised (I hope you don't mind that we give you a hard time).
everyone drops something eventually. I almost had a 6x9 lens dropped on me this season. I have dropped things. What you should take away from this is that top hats should have safeties on them.
We don't have enough safeties. (I like playing devil's advocate.)
You could always buy more. It's worth it if the outcome is saving someone's life or saving someone from serious injury. We trust each other with our lives every time we walk into a theatre. I'm only as safe as the people around me."We don't have enough safeties. (I like playing devil's advocate.)"