Install lighting equipment using accessories and mounting equipment

Business Sectors (Suites): Lighting for Film and TV
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


‚ÄčThis standard is about installing lighting fixtures and infrastructure in the required position derived from either verbal instructions from the relevant person such as the Gaffer or Rigging Gaffer or from a lighting rig plan.

This standard also covers attaching structures to existing buildings and adding accessories and refinements in a safe manner.

This standard is also about how to gain permission to fix accessories to buildings, and ensuring others know what cautionary action to take when working in the rigging area.

This standard is for those working as Lighting Technicians, Best Boys and Gaffers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. accurately calculate the weight and load capacity of all the equipment specified
  2. select and use grip hardware for fine positioning of lighting systems
  3. ensure that the personal protective equipment selected for sue meets safety requirement for working at heights
  4. ensure lighting stands or equipment are positioned in accordance with the lighting rig plan
  5. secure and tie off lamps using correct knots
  6. request permission from the appropriate person and / or organization to fix accessories and refinements to buildings
  7. mark areas of work to the building and to other users in your team
  8. inform the production team and all relevant people what action they must take, when particular caution is needed in the rigging area

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ‚Äčthe detail of the risk assessment findings to ensure safe installation of lighting equipment
  2. how to attach lighting equipment loads safely with the use of mounting or suspension equipment
  3. the load capacity of lighting grip hardware and stands
  4. how the capacity of load bearing lighting grip equipment changes with its orientation
  5. how to operate and move lighting stands or equipment on all different types of terrain
  6. how to ensure that the centre of gravity of any support system is in a position to prevent accidents
  7. how to work from a lighting rig plan or from the verbal instructions of the person responsible for the lighting
  8. the reasons for and implications of regulations relating to the use of lighting and mounting equipment
  9. the reasons for implications of regulations relating to lifting operations and lifting equipment
  10. the importance of checking personal protective equipment before use when working at height
  11. the health and safety regulations covering safe working practices at height
  12. the different range and applications of industry-standard knots
  13. the importance of informing the production team and relevant people of the precautions to take when in the rigging areas


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Skilled Trades NEC, Skilled Trades Occupations

SOC Code



rig plan; load capacity, accessories; lighting equipment; mounting equipment; risk assessment; personal protective equipment; rigging;