Rig cables for productions

Business Sectors (Suites): Camera
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about rigging cables for productions which have significant cable requirements.  This could apply to any type of production including feature films, TV dramas, commercials, documentaries, sports coverage, outside broadcast and live or stage events but is particularly important on live or outside broadcast productions.  This could apply to a multi or single camera environment.

This includes identifying the correct cables and ensuring that they are available, positioning and securing cables in line with safety requirements and positioning excess cable and auxiliary cables.

This standard is for anyone who rigs cables for productions.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​check, and have available, the cables required for the equipment to be used
  2. transport cables to required position using correct lifting machinery or lifting techniques
  3. check that cable points, cable runs and any patching comply with given information
  4. organise cable points and runs to minimise cross-overs, and to be close to planned camera positions
  5. position excess cable to avoid knotting or twisting during use
  6. ensure that cables are wound to their natural bend
  7. secure cables to avoid strain on plugs and sockets
  8. secure any auxiliary cables along the length of camera cables
  9. sling or ramp cables to avoid blocking access routes, entrances or exits, and to conform to relevant safety standards
  10. check that rigging complies with health and safety procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​types of cable, connectors and interconnection equipment
  2. how to check the soundness of cables and connectors, and the interconnection of equipment
  3. methods of transporting or lifting cables
  4. how to identify common defects and to whom to report them
  5. the safety and environmental aspects of cable routing
  6. how to handle and sling cables without causing any damage or risk to others
  7. the implications of cross overs and how to avoid them
  8. how to understand cable plans
  9. how to avoid knotting or twisting
  10. how to secure cables
  11. what safety procedures apply to cable rigging
  12. how to rig cables to minimise electrical interference


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals, Performing Arts

SOC Code



camera; camera operations; cable management; cables; routing; connecting; live events; exhibitions; rigging;