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Sapsis Rigging Provides Fall Arrest Training on War Horse Tour

Jacob Coakley • Industry News • May 16, 2012


Bill Sapsis, founder of Sapsis Rigging, provided the training.

Bill Sapsis, founder of Sapsis Rigging, provided the training.

It’s good to have a story about rigging in the news that is about proactive safety: Sapsis Rigging provided fall arrest equipment and the training on how to use it correctly to the national touring production of War Horse.

Sapsis Rigging provides fall arrest training to War Horse national tour

The national touring company of the Broadway play War Horse selected Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging, Inc., to provide fall arrest equipment and  training to the company’s crew.

Sapsis provided six horizontal lifelines and three self-retracting lifelines, which were installed on the lighting grid that travels with the tour. Prior to the tour launch, he trained the road crew in the proper use, inspection and maintenance of this equipment at Hudson Scenic Studio in Yonkers, NY, where the touring scenery was built.

“With my career-long focus on rigging safety, this work in fall arrest training is a natural progression for me,” said Sapsis. “It’s gratifying to see national touring companies take this level of precaution in training the crew to use this equipment correctly. I’m very pleased to be doing this kind of work, and I know it will help prevent accidents.”

The 2011 Tony Award winner for Best Play as well as for Best Direction, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Sound Design, War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in London and continues its run at Lincoln Center and in London’s West End, as well as in Toronto, Ont. The show begins its first national tour this fall.

Sapsis often provides fall arrest equipment and training to Broadway crews and touring companies.  Most recently, he worked with the crews of the Broadway productions of Bonnie and Clyde and Evita, and with the national touring production of Dirty Dancing.

More information on Sapsis Rigging, Inc, is available at

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