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Fall Protection and Rescue System Workshop

Session Full - Sold Out! - - Bowie, MD

Sponsored by The Joint Training Initiative of The ESTA Foundation and USITT, hosted and co-produced by The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and the USITT Chesapeake Section
Presenter - Morgan Neff, Rocky Paulson (*ETCP-AT)

This session is sold out!  We will be providing similar training in the near future.  Please check back soon!

The Joint Training Initiative of The ESTA Foundation and USITT announces a new course, Fall Protection and Rescue System Requirements and Methods to be taught in Bowie, MD. There will be two opportunities to take this two-day course beginning the week of April 6, 2009. The first session will be held on April 6 and 7 and the second session will be held on April 8 and 9. Courses will combine both classroom and practical exercises and are designed for intermediate to advanced riggers. Topics covered will include OSHA and industry requirements, appropriate use and limitations of various systems, and useful climbing and rescue skills.

Sessions will be held at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie MD, and will be conducted by Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), a Fall Protection and Rescue Trainer, and Rocky Paulson, an ETCP Certified Rigger and ETCP Recognized Trainer.

These sessions are limited in size. Registrations will be on a first come basis.  Discounts are available to ESTA, USITT and IATSE members. Sessions will be hosted and co-produced by The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and the USITT Chesapeake Section. 

Registration Deadline:  March 27, 2009


Session Schedule

Monday, April 6, 2009 and Tuesday, April 7, 2009

All sessions will combine classroom work with practical exercises. 

Classroom topics will include discussions covering Fall Protection, the ANSI and OSHA requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), and the elements of Rescue Planning. Attendees will learn the various PFAS elements involved in both vertical and horizontal fall arrest systems. Issues unique to the entertainment industry will be covered as well as proper inspection techniques for PFAS.  ANSI and OSHA requirements for rescue methods will be covered as well as medical issues and an explanation of the rescue decision tree.

Practical exercises will included shock load demonstrations, wire rope ladder climbing demonstrations with attendee practice, and rescue demonstrations with attendee participation.

The learning objectives for this workshop include:

1. Governmental and industry requirements for both fall protection and rescue programs.
2. Appropriate use, limitations, and inspection of various systems, sub-systems, and elements of PFAS.
3. Appropriate use of various types of rescue systems
4. The importance of prompt rescue and decisions on what type or rescue to perform.
5. Useful climbing and rescue skills.

Prerequisites for Attendees:
Attendee should have prior rigging experience and at least a general familiarity with working at heights, safety harnesses, fall arrest rigging and basic first aide. In addition, attendees must provide their own personal safety gear, including climbing / safety harness, hard hat and safety shoes.

Total Session Cost: $400.00 -A discounted rate of $350 is offered to members of ESTA, USITT and IATSE. For additional information contact fstewart@estafoundation.org


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