Deeper than the Deck: Ensuring Safety

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Deeper than the Deck: Ensuring Safety

Safety first, always. The last thing you want is for a performer, audience member, or crew member to injure themselves due to neglect. The right equipment paired with understanding will decrease the chances of avoidable accidents. Here is your beginner’s guide of considerations and information you will need when using staging, audience risers, choir risers, or any platform event equipment.  

Weight Capacity

When it comes to stage decking, safety is paramount. Whether used for stages, audience risers, or performance choir risers, understanding weight capacity and distribution is crucial for a successful and secure event. Every platform has limits and exceeding them can lead to potential hazards.

Our stage decking systems are engineered with precision to handle varying loads, ensuring the safety of performers, guests, and equipment. Each deck is designed to support a specific live load weight capacity per square foot, providing a solid foundation for any event. It’s essential to be mindful of the total weight placed on the decking, including performers, instruments, props, and any additional equipment.

Equally as important is the distribution of weight across the entire surface area of the decking. Even though the total weight is within the platform design perimeters, point loading on a concentrated spot can have a damaging impact.  It is important to evenly spread the load to maintain stability and prevents any sections from bearing excessive weight. This not only enhances safety but also ensures the longevity of the decking system. Consideration should be given to placing heavier items to maintain a balanced distribution of weight.

Before setting up your stage or risers, consult with experts to determine the appropriate configuration based on your specific needs. Our team can provide guidance on weight distribution, layout planning, and the use of additional accessories for any StageRight product. By adhering to weight capacity guidelines and proper distribution, you can create a secure and stable platform for a seamless event experience.

The Right Accessories

In addition to understanding weight capacity and distribution, incorporating the right accessories is key to ensuring the safety and security of your stage decking. From guardrails to stairs and other essentials, these accessories provide added layers of protection for performers, guests, and crew members alike.

Guardrails are essential for raised platforms, such as stages and audience risers, offering a sturdy barrier to prevent accidental falls. This is extremely important if you are doing a seated audience.  Though in many cases code does not require a rail under a 24” height, it is a matter of safety as you do not want someone sliding their chair off the back of the platform. In this case, the best option is to choose a high-quality guardrail with premium materials. Our guardrail systems are designed to seamlessly integrate with our stage decking, providing a secure enclosure around the perimeter.

For elevated platforms, safe access is a necessity. Stairs and steps offer a convenient solution for performers and crew members to access the stage or risers with ease. For stairs, there are two features to look for. A design that compliments your system and a non-slip surface. A design that pairs with your staging system will provide an intentional sturdy feel when using it. The non-slip surface is a feature that should not be overlooked when keeping safety in mind. Our modular stair systems are designed to complement our stage decking, ensuring a seamless transition from ground level to platform using these features.

Securing chairs and tables becomes essential when using stage decking for audience risers to prevent accidental movement and potential falls. Look for table and chair stops that will prevent tipping or falling from the riser. If the risers are more than just a few rows deep, also consider hard closure panels to prevent phones, keys, and other items from being lost under the system. These simple yet effective accessories can be easily attached to the decking, providing peace of mind for event organizers and guests alike.

Conclusion

Ensuring the safety of your stage decking goes beyond understanding weight capacity—it involves equipping your platform with the right accessories for enhanced security. From sturdy guardrails that provide a protective barrier to convenient stairs and steps for safe access, each accessory plays a crucial role in creating a secure stage environment. Chair and table stops prevent furniture from shifting off the platform. By customizing your stage with these accessories, you not only prioritize safety but also elevate the functionality and aesthetics of your event space. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in selecting and installing the perfect accessories tailored to your venue and event requirements. With these measures in place, you can confidently host successful events knowing that your stage is equipped for a safe and memorable experience.

Customized Solutions

Every event venue and staging requirement is unique, which is why we offer customizable solutions to meet your specific needs. Our team of experts can assist you in selecting the right accessories based on your venue layout, event type, and safety considerations. By incorporating these accessories, you can create a safe, functional, and visually appealing stage environment for a successful event.

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