Head Rigger: Assign to workers duties such as up or down rigging positions. Monitor workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations. Meet and correspond with production on show specific information. The Head rigger is also responsible for the pre-rig ground and show layout with the Production Head Rigger.
Riggers are directed by the traveling crew’s HEAD RIGGER. The HEAD RIGGER knows what equipment he has and what it will take to fly each system. RIGGERS are to always be connected to safety lines and systems to prevent any accidental falls. RIGGERS work under this person’s supervision along with the Local 55 Head Rigger to bring steel up to the buildings beams to allow points to drop where the show needs them. The RIGGER hoists the steel up to himself to make the points with assistance from the GROUND or DOWN RIGGER.
DOWN RIGGERS work in conjunction with the traveling HEAD RIGGER to lie out and build with shackles and steel rope needed to put points in the air. Once all equipment is ready to go up the GROUND RIGGER uses the RIGGER’s rope, using a Bowline knot to tie the shackle and steel on the rope. The DOWN RIGGER will assist the RIGGER in hoisting the point by using the free end of the rope as a pick point.
Over the years Local 55 riggers have worked on many rock and country shows along with theatrical productions and yellow card shows in the Roanoke Valley and throughout the region. Our skilled membership has also worked on many other productions including trade shows, and outdoor events as well.