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, Maryland. 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.

Attendees should have prior rigging experience and at least a general familiarity with working at heights, safety harnesses, fall arrest devices, and basic first aide. In addition, they must provide their own safety gear, including harness, hardhat, and safety shoes.

For additional information, please contact Frank Stewart.