ESTA has announced that BSR E1.4, Entertainment Technology — Manual Rigging Systems, is available for public review until 18 December 2001. This draft American National Standard describes the design, construction, installation and use of manually powered rigging systems to enhance the safety of these system. These systems are used in theatres to raise and lower scenery, properties, lighting equipment, and similar loads over the stage. The standard does not apply to raising and lowering people, or to motorized systems.

Copies of the document may be obtained from the ESTA website at by requesting a copy from ESTA's Technical Standards Manager by writing via mail, fax, or e-mail. Comments on the document should be received at the ESTA office before 5pm EST on December 18. Comments submitted after the deadline may not be considered in this public review.

The E1.4 project is an undertaking of the Rigging Working Group, part of the ANSI-accredited standards committee E1, Safety and Compatibility of Entertainment Technical Equipment and Practices. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is the secretariat for Accredited Standards Committee E1, and provides administrative support to the committee. Membership in working groups is open to all who are affected by standards-making in these areas, and who are willing to actively participate in the group's projects. Membership in ESTA is not a requirement.

For more information, contact:

Karl G. Ruling
Technical Standards Manager
875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-244-1505
Fax: 212-244-1502