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ESTA Announces the Start of a Standards-Drafting Project for Theatrical Boom & Base Assemblies
2000-04-11

ESTA announces the start of the BSR E1.15 project to draft an American National Standard for the manufacture, assembly, and use of variable and fixed-height luminaire support devices, commonly referred to as "boom and base assemblies."

This standard will not apply to towers, ground-support structures, or other devices that use winches or other lifting mechanisms, and will not apply to aluminum tripod or other similar lightweight stands, or stands with castered bases, all of which are commonly referred to as "grip stands" or "lighting trees". The intent of the document is to establish minimum acceptable standards and guidelines for the construction of the devices and for the safe assembly and use of the devices in order to minimize injury to life, limb, and property.

Interested parties are invited to help by commenting on the draft document during its forthcoming public reviews, or by joining the Rigging Working Group, which is responsible for this project.

The Rigging Working Group is 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 E1 working groups is open to all who are affected by a group's standards-making activities and who are willing to actively participate in a group's projects.

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