Star Events debuts safer staging handrail

Star Events introduced a tool-free handrail for the downstage edge of Summer in the City’s performance platforms this weekend.

Developed with an industry specialist and trailed in 2014, the handrail aims to make stage construction safer by clipping in and out of adapted sockets.

“This kind of protection improves the working environment for all departments and offers a demonstrable benefit to clients in complying with safety obligations at their events,” said Star Events’ head of structures Pete Holdich.

This weekend’s Summer in the City event saw Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds take the Manchester stage. The event next comes to Excel London in August.

“Star Events’ system provides an excellent solution during build and strike phases of production and I cannot see any reason why it shouldn’t be used at all future events,” said Rookie Manning, health & safety advisor to SJM Concerts at Summer in the City.

“The handrail can be erected or removed by two crew in a matter of minutes and having seen a number of people fall from stages over the last 16 years, I will have no hesitation in recommending it to clients.”