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Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century by Bill Sapsis

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Medical Issues in Fall Arrest/Rescue

Orthostatic Intolerance, Harness Trauma, and Fall Arrest/Rescue-Related Medical Issues

CARLA D. RICHTERS

And now for something completely different …

This chapter addresses the point when the human/rigging interface goes wrong. None of us likes to think about this. However, quickly recognizing that something bad is happening and having a plan to do something about it greatly increases the chances of surviving the event.

An unarrested fall is an ugly thing. The ballistics of a body’s fluid post fall is more than nine meters, and is described as the splash zone for a reason. Even after a professional decontamination, small dried droplets will be found for years. Think glitter.

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