WE ARE entertainment rigging.

Bigger Hammer has been providing entertainment rigging services since 1996. We provide a full suite of Production Rigging Services. Whatever your rigging needs, large or small, we’ve got you covered. 

We supply skilled rigging labor, and higher level management services if you need a more turnkey rigging service. Arenas, sound stages, studios, theaters, ballrooms and temporary structures – no matter the venue, we know how to motor.

If you’re not sure how much rigging help you need, we can take care of that as well. Our ETCP certified staff will make sure your event happens safely and efficiently. Call or email us to start getting your rigging questions answered today!

“Safety should be open source, rigging should be open source.”

In the past, rigging knowledge was often guarded jealously by, well, the old guard. Countless stories of new riggers being told to “just climb up there and figure it out”. This attitude has led to unnecessary stress and countless unforced errors and accidents.

We are an ETCP Recognized Employer, and our classes are taught by an ETCP Recognized Trainer. Our custom facility allows us to train new riggers, and keep our veterans up to date with best practices. 

Safety takes practice. All our riggers have OSHA 10 and are trained in fall protection and rescue practices.  Head Riggers have Competent Person and OSHA 30 Certifications.

From rookies to veterans, there’s always more to learn. Click here if you’re just starting out, or looking for ETCP Renewal Credits.

we are entertainment rigging.

Looking for Entertainment Rigging Training?

You found it.

ETCP Recognized logo - Entertainment Technician Certification Program

entertainment arena ground rigging

This is our online Arena Ground Rigging Class. If you are a current Bigger Hammer employee, contact the instructor to sign up. 

For non-employees:

  • Click HERE or on the “Arena Ground Rigging” image to get started
  • Class is $50
  • After registering, you will have 5 days to complete the class
  • Email the instructor if you have any questions.
  • Completion of the class earns 2 ETCP renewal credits.

Entertainment Rigging Training
This is our Hands On Arena Rigging Class. If you are a current Bigger Hammer employee, contact the instructor to sign up.

For non-employees:

  • Use the calendar below to find a date that works for you.
  • If you are new to rigging, you must take the Online Arena Ground Rigging Class first.
  • Email the instructor if you have any questions.
  • Completion of the class earns 4 ETCP renewal credits.
  • Classes will cover beginner and advanced techniques, depending on the students’ skill levels.


training instructor

Phil van Hest provides Rigging, Fall Protection and Heavy Equipment instruction in the LA area. Before entering the world of rigging safety, Phil toured the world as a comic/writer/performer, and thought twice about mentioning it; rigging and safety are famously humorless subjects. Phil is the Safety and Rigging Manager for Bigger Hammer Production Services, and an ETCP Recognized Trainer holding ETCP certifications in Arena and Theatrical rigging. He currently resides in Orange County, another place in California named after a thing that used to be there before it got paved over.

Rigging Inspections

We provide OSHA and ANSI compliant annual rigging inspection services.

If you have rigging in your venue, we can provide your organization with an official rigging inspection report.

Our certified technician will perform an in depth visual inspection of your facility, and help you find solutions to any issues encountered during the process.

Contact us to get started.

Test your inspection skills - can you find at least two errors in this photo?

Contact us

Bigger Hammer
Production Services

2910 Seaboard Lane
Long Beach, CA 90805
(East on Seaboard Ln from Paramount Blvd)