Highline Safety

at

Urban Highline Festival

Piotr Błaszczak

  • Lublin/Warsaw, Poland
  • Slackliner since 2008
  • UHF Team since 2009
  • Founder of SlackMap Project

Urban Rigga

Lublin | Wrocław | Warszawa | Łódź | Brodnica | Krotoszyn | Gdańsk | Radom | Białystok | Lubin

Evolution

Year     Slackliners    Highlines
`09102
`10504
`11705
`121527
`132509
`1427014
`1529515
`1630315
`1731514

Lets do it

planning
rigging
walking
derigging

Legal issues

  • how to get permissions
  • how to convince them it's safe
  • who is responsible for what
  • repair budged

Locations

  • City Hall
  • Churchlines
  • Skyscrapers
  • Krakowska Gate

Location Extra Requirements

  • Expensive repair work
  • No go zones & limits
  • Extra things asked by the owner
    you have to keep promise to !!!

Rig documentation

  • Measurements
  • Planning
  • Find the guy to do it
  • Photos for next year

Rigging Team

  • Same people, native
  • Build relation with owners
  • Work end 2 end
  • Report the damages
  • Say thank you to owners

Rigging

  • Regular highline rig
  • Window - straight
  • Window - diagonal
  • A-frames

3 beams
vs
2 beams

Choker Hitch
vs
Basket Hitch

Backups

  • same rules as any highline
  • extra beam in next door
  • same windows beam

Chairs
vs
Stands

Self holding anchors

Rig checklist

Walking Time

  • Rope access company & double safety check
  • Rig monitoring
  • Info graphics for regulations & declarations
  • Security stuff
  • Irresponsible behaviors

Irresponsible behaviors

  • Skyscraper roof climbing
  • City Hall climbers
  • Using office computer

Sum up

Accidents

NONE

Incidents

  • slipped webbing from weblock
  • slipped beam

Not Rigging Incidents

  • Stuff falling on the street
  • Broken bones
  • Smashed head & testicle
  • Stolen stuff
  • Robbery
  • Bitten scurity guy
  • Basejumpers
  • 70 years old weenie waver

Lessons learned

  • More days for rigging
  • Rig documentation
  • Rig checklist
  • Sewn loops on static side

Rigging
Iprovements

  • Constant team of riggers
  • Riggers teams with plan & responsibilities
  • Rig maintainers team
  • Windows weather protection

Improvements

  • Crowd maintaining & queue system
  • Timers
  • Info graphics
  • plan -> do -> improve -> repeat

Cooperation

  • Make stuff public
    regulations, declarations, infographics
  • Unify festival procedures
    by sharing experience
  • ISA tight cooperation

Be Bored :)

be creative
participate
get feedback
do notes
log your work
analyze
feedback form
welcome form

Thank You

Piotr Błaszczak
pedro.blaszczak@gmail.com

Questios