As seen in September 2019 Stage-Directions Issue
The Connecticut-based InCord has been making safety nets for over 24 years; making them for a variety of industries—industrial, construction, amusement, sports, environmental. They’ve been constructing theater-specific safety nets for the past 13 years. They offer products to protect cast and crew from set construction to rehearsals, right through the final performance to striking the set. InCord offers OSHA compliant products that effectively reduce these hazards and minimize the risk of injury.
“Our company is all about safety and all about netting applications for safety. People should know that we’ve been doing this for over 10 years. We haven’t met a pit that we couldn’t fit.”Joe Menhart, Sales Manager, Theatre Division of InCord.
Range of Solutions
In addition to their popular Orchestra Pit Net (OPN), InCord also fabricates other safety nets for theater applications. For load-ins and loadouts, InCord’s Stage Guard net goes from one side of the proscenium to the other and will prevent anyone from getting to the orchestra pit in the first place. InCord also makes nets to cover trap doors in a stage as well as catwalk nets. A lot of things—and people—fall from catwalks as well. A custom fit netting for a catwalk to keep people safe up there in the dark when they’re moving around, adjusting lights during a show, or for setup, or breakdown.” Lastly, since the standard OPN is virtually see-through and does not block light, InCord has released a new product, currently referred to as ‘Light Block’, where they add a scrim over their OPN product to help cut down on the bounce light from sheet music. The standard OPN is virtually see-through and does not block any light or sound—or the view—of musicians in the pit.
Customers Always Know Best
“The particular nets that we travel with for The Lion King are designed specifically to catch people; the ones that we get from InCord are thicker and rated in a way that they can catch a performer in the unlikely chance that they were to fall off stage. Our advance team surveys each theatre and looks at the dimensions of the pit. Based on the dimensions, I'll send Joe at InCord those dimensions and the timeframe. We've had them turn a net around in as little as a week, which is impressive. As far as the value of having a safety net, quite literally and metaphorically, I know it brings a lot of comfort to people. People forget that it's there until they see it in use. It's not an eyesore or anything like that. I've been on other tours that didn't require things like a safety net; on some of those shows you can't help but ask the question, ‘what if one of these kids gets overzealous and they trip? They just fall into the pit?’ But it seems like more people are getting into the idea of safety regarding the pit, which is great.” - Corey Kloos, Head of Props for the Rafiki National Tour of The Lion King
“Here at The Bushnell Center, we’ve had safety nets from InCord for over 10 years now. In fact, we have all of their products—nets for our pits, catwalk nets, and the Stage Guard nets for our prosceniums to protect our stagehands. We are very safety conscious here. I will say the Stage Guard safety net across the front's a biggie, which we use daily. We keep it in a barrel offstage and it goes up in about a minute. A lot of times we’re doing production work when we have to drop our pits and there's a whole crew in here, not just local crew, a road crew as well who don't know the building. Having that up is a great feature. We had people fall in the pit, unfortunately, prior to having these nets. We have not had anyone—knock on wood—fall since the nets have gone in; they’ve been a great help and a great deterrent. I would recommend safety nets for any theatre. People just don't watch all the time what's going on and especially when you have a lot of people working in a tight area. It's a good expense to make and you keep your people safe.” - Mike Sivo, Technical Director, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
InCord has been North America’s largest manufacturer of custom safety netting for over 20 years and is a 8-year recipient of the Top Workplace in CT award by FOX CT and The Hartford Courant. InCord provides custom netting solutions for Material Handling, Construction, Amusement, Sports, Theatre, Service Pits (BayNets™), Specialty, and Environmental/Ecological Restoration markets. InCord’s custom solutions meet or exceed applicable safety standards due to consistent research, testing and direct involvement with renowned safety organizations, such as ANSI, OSHA, and ASTM. InCord also offers in-house design, installation and extraordinary customer service for a complete, turn-key experience. Green Bureau Certified Platinum