Rigging Bibliography

The following lists are intended to help provide resources that can help in preparation for the IATSE 470 Qualified Rigger Test. They are not exhaustive nor do they represent the only sources that can be found to be useful. This is an organic document and will be updated as more resources present themselves. If a link fails to load please copy and paste the URL into your browser of choice. Enjoy!


Rigging Math Made Simple, 6th Edition, Delbert L. Hall, July 7, 2019, Johnson City, Tennessee, Spring Knoll Press.

The Rigging Math Made Simple Workbook 1st Edition, Delbert L Hall, Brian Sickels, Spring Knoll Press; 1 edition (July 14, 2014), Johnson City, Tennessee, Spring Knoll Press.

The Arena Riggers’ Handbook, Delbert L Hall (Author), Brian Sickels, September 24, 2015, Johnson City, Tennessee, Spring Knoll Press.

The Theatre Riggers’ Handbook, Delbert L. Hall (Author), Brian Sickels, July 26, 2016, Johnson City, Tennessee, Spring Knoll Press.

Entertainment Rigging: A Practical Guide, Harry Donovan, 2008, Rigging Seminars.

Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century: Compilation of Work on Rigging Practices, Safety, and Related Topics, Bill Sapsis (Editor), September 11, 2014, Focal Press; 1 edition

Fred Breitfelder (1998). Bridle Dynamics for Production Riggers.
Fred Breitfelder (1998). Bridle Basics (A Primer to Bridle Dynamics), Exercises in drafting and calculation.

How to Calculate the Mechanical Advantage of Hauling Systems, Tim Fox & Mick Holton, 2nd Edition. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/37024270/mechanical-advantage-paper.pdf href="https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/37024270/mechanical-">https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/37024270/mechanical- advantage-paper.pdf

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging

Manual Rigging Installation Manual, JR Clancy, 003-1034 Rev 2: March 2012
CM Entertainment http://www.cm-et.com/Public/44853/Lodestar%20Manual%2010001681.pdf

Hoisting and Rigging Safety Manual, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association, Fourth printing, March 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-919465-70-1

WELDED STEEL CHAIN SPECIFICATIONS, National Association of Chain Manufacturers, Adopted April 11, 2010

Web Sling & Tie Down Association; https://www.wstda.com/products/manuals.cfm
Recommended Operating, Care and Inspection Manual for Nylon & Polyester Synthetic Web Slings
Recommended Operating, Care and Inspection Manual for Synthetic Polyester Roundslings

Safe Rigging Practices for the Entertainment Industry in New Zealand, version 1.0, Entertainment Technology New Zealand Incorporated, Andrew Gibson, Steve Sanders, Sam Johnston, and James Killen
June 2015


Mazzella Companies
Resources; Wire Rope Section (PDF)

Rigging, James Headley, 3 edition, Crane institute of America, Incorporated, 2002, ISBN 0974427918, 9780974427911

Rigging Techniques, Procedures, and Applications. FM 5-125 MCRP 3-17.7J, Headquarters, Department of The Army.


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