While attending a major concert or stage performance, most of us take for granted the challenging and dangerous “behind the scenes” work performed by the stage “riggers.” These men and women walk the four-inch rafter beams — often a hundred feet above the concrete floor — to hang sound- speakers and spot lights. For such work, understandably, they are well paid. However, unlike most of us, these technicians aren’t bothered by the sight of looking down one hundred feet. What they don’t like are jobs in buildings that have false ceilings — acoustical tiles slung just a few feet below the rafters. Only a short distance above the tiles, the workers are still high up in the air, and if…

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