Pole Safety

Is that pole setup safe? Crucial Rigging Tips for Pole Performers and Competitors to Know. Part 2

Nov 01, 2023

Truss-mounted pole

When participating for a pole show, competition, or event, it's imperative to be certain that the stage's pole setups you will be on are not only visually stunning but also safe. There are various methods for safely securing poles on a stage, including truss-mounted poles, ceiling-mounted options, and stage poles. In this blog post, we will focus on truss-mounted poles, truss are are the metal square-like structures that a pole can be anchored to when there isnt an option to tie directly to the ceiling. They can be an excellent choice for their stability and safety when done properly.

Truss-Mounted Poles: A Secure Choice

Truss-mounted poles are a popular choice in large space and professional pole performances due to their exceptional versatility. Here, we'll delve into the specifics of these setups and what to look for to ensure the well-being of the cast and performers.

Identifying the Correct Pole

First and foremost, it's crucial to understand and spot the correct type of pole for truss mounting. Competition-grade poles are specifically designed for such setups. They are best as one solid pole or two pieces, the base being over half the height of the full pole. These poles are significantly heavier than standard poles, providing added stability during dynamic routines.

Competition-grade poles must be special ordered from reputable distributors (Pole Art Co), or from brands such as Lupit Pole or X-Pole. If you're considering setting up your own show and in need of a pole quote, feel free to message us for assistance. [email protected]

Photo: Brielle at Angie and Blake's wedding, 2018 ~ Lupit Pole

The Special Nipple and Truss Top Mount Plate

One distinguishing feature of competition-grade poles is the presence of a special nipple at the top. This nipple is designed to seamlessly slide into the truss top mount plate. This integration is essential for securing the pole in place during performances. It eliminates the risk of the pole dislodging or falling, even during the most intense routines when the truss flexes and moves.

The Truss Plate: A Secure Anchor

The truss plate plays a central role in anchoring the pole to the structure securely. This is what makes truss-mounted poles one of the safest pole setup options. When you see a truss system that is properly cross-braced (as discussed in Part 1 here) and equipped with these anchor plates, you can have confidence in the safety of the setup.

Lupit Pole Truss Top MountX-Pole Truss Top Mount

Additional Anchoring Measures

In addition to being secured to the truss with a truss plate, some poles may also be either screwed into the stage floor or suspension-mounted into the floor, depending on the venue's regulations and preferences. These additional measures further stabilize the pole and enhance safety.

In conclusion, when you're about to perform on a truss-mounted pole, check that it has all the correct features and elements so you can be assured that you're performing on a setup that prioritizes safety and stability.

This article is meant to help you to have more of an understanding and therefore make informed decisions about your level of risk when participating in a pole show or event.

The combination of competition-grade poles, the special nipple and truss top mount plate, and additional anchoring measures make truss-mounted poles an excellent choice for pole performers. Your well-being is paramount, and by understanding these safety measures, you can focus on giving your best performance with peace of mind. In our next blog post, part 3, we will explore how to spot if the truss is weighted properly. Stay tuned!

I highly recommend that these systems be complemented and overseen by professionals that understand the unique loads of pole dance and the requirements to safely set up. Do not set them up yourselves.

Are you considering setting up a pole show? Pole Art offers consultations, setup, rigging, rentals, and more. Email for more info [email protected]