Custom Hoist and Tracking System Bring New Versatility to Valley Baptist Church

In Rigging, Rigging Install News, Web Articlesby tfwm

1l_JR Clancy_DCBakersfield’s Valley Baptist Church provides three worship services every Sunday in its 1,800-seat Worship Center—two services with a choir and orchestra to appeal to a diverse age group, and a third with a praise band playing guitars and drums. As its congregation grew and more young adults with children crowded the center for the contemporary service, the church’s leaders decided it was time for an update of the hall’s technology.

A decade ago, the church had installed video projection screens, so the faces of the pastor and other celebrants would be very visible to everyone seated in the hall. The church also projects song and hymn lyrics on the screens, a feature that significantly increases the congregants’ participation in the service.

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Lights, Cameras, Rigging!

In Rigging, Rigging Product News, Web Articlesby tfwm

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Five Safety Guidelines to Take to Heart

Whether you are in a fixed facility of a portable church, if you have any type of lighting system, it’s safe to say you are familiar with trusses and rigging. In order to maintain a safe environment, you need to get in the habit of checking your rigging on a regular basis and looking for signs of wear and tear – whether you move your equipment on a regular basis or not. Below is a list of five common hazards you need to be aware of.

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Know the Safe Working Load (SWL) of all the components in your rigging system, and make sure you don’t exceed the SWL for the weakest component. Don’t cut corners and use hardware that does not have a SWL forged into it – they may cost less, but you’re risking a lot. The last thing any HoW needs is a piece of equipment falling from the truss because it was too heavy for the bolt or clamp securing it.
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