In our line of work, safety is a huge concern; let's face it...when it comes to aerial work, the potential for something to go wrong and result in damages and/or loss of life or limb are huge. More often than not, the mishaps that we see / hear about / read about (much more frequently than we like), is a product of human error and carelessness...situations that could have been avoided had basic and meticulous care been given. This is why safety is a huge aspect of the services that Natura provides – nothing is more important to us!
What does safety mean to natura?
At Natura, our understanding of "safety" is not just a limited few being aware of the risks in any particular job and working to mitigate it; it is a mindset that we inculcate and practice across the board and at all levels. We are committed to identifying and maintaining the highest safety standards, on an individual level as well as an organization.
How do we ensure safety?
ProLyft expands its service offering in India with Natura RigTech
Prolyte Asia Pacific, part of the Prolyte Group, has partnered up with Natura RigTech in order to expand its ProLyft service to the entertainment industry in India and provide all its Service Point related services with immediate effect.
The goal of these Service Points (SPs) is to offer a trained team of professional technicians that are capable of repairing and maintaining manual and electrical chain hoists. All SP’s will have stock in spare parts and offer servicing and repair. They will also use the ProLyft database to store and provide all servicing information and perform annual inspections in accordance to the life time warranty all ProLyft hoists come with.
Established in 2006 and based in Mumbai, Natura has gained a reputation within the rigging industry over a reasonably short time. Avishkar Tendle, managing director of Natura commented: ‘Our business has not focused on this kind of service in the past, but it is certainly in line with our philosophy as a company. This is why we are very glad to be appointed as a Service Point for the nearly two decades long “best-selling chain hoist in India”. Our main focus as a Service Point will be on servicing and recertification of the many existing, languishing hoists in India.’
Original article published on ProAVL-Asia.
RigSafe Day – Safety above everything
Significance of RigSafe day
There is always a considerable amount of risk involved in flying, ask Superman, it took him about 25 years. As the scale of venues and events are getting bigger, the rigging risk is also increasing.
United States Institute for Theater Technology initiated to have a day famously dedicated to rigging safety, which is inherently about contemplating systems and protocols. It makes an individual or an organisation introspect about the relevancy and how the safety systems can be taken to the next level.
RigSafe day is also about reminding people that no matter how important the event is, there is nothing more precious than life and there is absolutely no reason to climb any heights if the safety is not ensured. It is also about celebrating the practical Spidermen (using a rope instead of relying on instinct) of the world, who work tirelessly behind the scenes of events to give the audience a visual spectacle on the stage.
Strategic methodologies to step-up rigging safety
Natura has been ensuring the highest safety standards of rigging in India and the reason is because it has always adopted the very latest of global standards and protocols.
To ensure safety for the riggers and artists in the act, Natura uses some of the most certified and state-of-the-art equipment in the world, which are generally not seen in the country.
One of the ways to ensure safety includes creating constant back up plans and learning new ways through safety workshops and educational courses from around the globe. To address upgrading of performer’s flying safety, Natura has invested in Motion Control Technology. These systems have a central command center which has in-built multiple safety features including load cells that would caution the device soon as the lifted weight is getting beyond the safety parameters.
Advisable protocol to ensure safety
Events are high pressure environment and there are time constraints in performing the tasks, having said that, if a rigger is feeling that it’s not safe to climb at a certain place than he/she should raise their concerns to avoid exhaustion led error. Avishkar Tendle (Managing Director) of Natura believes that, #RigSafe day makes Natura consciously think of and upgrade the rigging safety protocols, while introspecting on what has been implemented internally and what has not been, it also creates an opportunity to check on what has been happening around the globe from the point of view of improving rigging safety . To have real world implications of this philosophy, Natura has maintained a tradition for the past 5 years and still continues to conduct work at height workshops at the Mumbai Palm Expo.
It should be the first and foremost goal of any one who is associated with events be it a vendor or an event planner to make sure that the safety of an individual is not compromised, while enough time and resources are given to people so that they can rig themselves properly and give the audience a great show.
Every piece of equipment used by Natura is state-of-the-art, most of the specialized equipment is tested and certified ready for use. In its usage, we ensure that we have studied the relevant international standards and are operating within the recommendations given therein and by the equipment manufacturers. Here also, we maintain detailed logs for reference and observation.
Transparent Processes & Management
We work according to pre-determined protocols, with every person assigned a pre-set role. Every step is supported by adequate documentation such as safety checklists, equipment logs, liability forms, etc. which not only communicate the level of knowledge and expertise involved, but also forms the basis for further learning and improvement on future jobs, thanks to a mandatory review and documentation of every incident for future risk analysis.
On every job, our team lead maintains clear and open communication with the client, vendors and performers which helps us get their own buy-in and commitment to the same safety standards.
Each member of our personnel are experienced and qualified in their own right, and work constantly to keep their skills and qualifications up to date in a quickly evolving industry.