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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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A Stock Safety Rail System

Mark Stevens

Safety rails for escape units are often assembled as an afterthought. After load-in, when attention focuses on finishing the set, finishing these rails often takes a low priority compared to the notes from tech rehearsals. At the University of Southern California we built a modular safety rail system that bolts together quickly and fits our stock escape units regardless of how they happen to be laid out for a given show. In addition, the system includes a type of foot connection that allows the stair rails to fit either side of our escape stair units.

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FIGURE 1: SAFETY RAIL MODULES IN PLACE ON ESCAPE

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