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Live Counterweight Training

Human (Live) Counterweight Procedure for Performance Training Document

Created by SpiderMonkey Constructions 18/08/07

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CONTENTS

REASONS FOR TRAINING ............................................................................... 3 KNOTS ............................................................................................................. 4


CLOVE HITCH .........................................................................................................5 FIGURE OF 8.............................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. ALPINE BUTTERFLY....................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

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BE ALERT BUT NOT ALARMED ..................................Error! Bookmark not defined. DISTRACTIONS .........................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL...........................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

ONE GOES UP THE OTHER GOES DOWN ..... Error! Bookmark not defined. GEAR SELECTION ............................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.
BREAKING STRAIN OR SAFE WORKING LOAD? .....Error! Bookmark not defined. EQUIPMENT ..............................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. INSPECTION .............................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

GEAR SETUP / INSTALLATION.......................... Error! Bookmark not defined.


ANCHORAGES ........................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. CLEAR RUNNING .....................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. IMPORTANCE OF REHEARSAL .................................Error! Bookmark not defined. PERFORMANCE PRESSURE.......................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

CHECKS ........................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined. SECURITY.......................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined. A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE. ................................. Error! Bookmark not defined. EXAMPLE FORMS............................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.
Equipment Register ................................................Error! Bookmark not defined. PRE PERFORMANCE CHECK LIST ............................Error! Bookmark not defined.

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REASONS FOR TRAINING Live Counter Weighting can be dangerous. All personnel involved need to be aware of the potential hazards in order to eliminate or control the risk. Aerial performance contains risk by its nature but usually the only participants in the risk are the performers who should have enough training in their area of expertise to be able to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. Live Counter Weighting doubles the risk. There are now two people on each end of the same line. If the line separates or something goes wrong, there are now two lives that could potentially be terminated or permanently affected by way of skeletal or cerebral damage. This training is for the purpose of making potential Live Counter Weighters aware of some of the hazards and to instruct on methods of operation that have been tried and tested.

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KNOTS Usually the show rigger will tie all knots but It may be necessary at some stage for the Counter-Weighter to retie a knot. As they will be trusting their life to the knot they should also be able to identify if it has been tied correctly. There are literally thousands of knots. The three below will suffice for most things. NB: All knots should have a half hitch made from the tail (loose or unloaded end) of the rope around the knot to prevent the rope slipping through the knot. Beware: the adage if you dont know knots, tie lots is rubbish. If you dont know how to tie it find someone who does. Tying a knot in a rope reduces the strength of the rope. Various authors claim different knots decrease the strength of the rope by different amounts. For our purposes we will assume that any knot reduces the strength of the rope by 50%.

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The clove hitch makes a good anchorage knot

CLOVE HITCH

1. pass rope over tube

2. pass rope around tube

3. pass rope over top of first lay around tube and under its self.

4. tidy looseness out of knot

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