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Safety and Your Circus Business: Preparing for an Accident

If you own a circus/aerial arts studio, could your business survive financially if an accident occurred and you lost a two million dollar judgement? What about a 10 million dollar judgement? Let’s be honest, there is a lot of potential for accidents and physical injuries in circus and aerial arts and juries seem more and more inclined to award large judgments to the victims of accidents.  

Of course, we should do everything possible to prevent accidents from occurring, but sometimes accidents happen despite even herculean safety effects. This is why studio owners (and their instructors) need to be prepared for accidents and potential lawsuits that could arise. Since injury lawyers are paid a percentage of the awards from a settlement it is in their best interest for the settlement to be as large as possible. This means that they will want as many people and companies named in the lawsuit as possible. In the event of a major accident, you should expect the lawyers to cast their net as wide as possible and the following to be named as defendants: the circus/aerial studio, the owner of the building (if different), the instructor, the person who rigged any circus/aerial equipment used, the vendor of any circus/aerial equipment used, possibly suppliers of components used in the circus/aerial...

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Delbert Hall

Delbert Hall, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University. Delbert is an ETCP certified rigger (Theatre) and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - Local 699. He is the co-author of several books on theatrical rigging, including: The Rigging Math Made Simple Workbook, The Arena Riggers Handbook, and The Theatre Riggers’ Handbook, with Brian Sickels. He is also the author of the PocketRigger rigging app and the originator of RigCalc.