I&D and Hanging Signs

  • by: Matthew Little

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  • January 04, 2018

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  • Uncategorized

We are often questioned on if we can build hanging signs when we are providing labor for jobs. The typical response is no. The main reason that is given is there is a liability issue when something goes wrong. Was the failure due to the way the sign was built or was it due to the way it was hung? When the general contractor both builds and hangs the signs, they assume full responsibility for any issues if there is a failure.

There are always exceptions to the rules and it will vary depending on the venue that you are working at. In Boston, your labor crew will build your signs for you and another company will hang them – typically one hired by the venue. In Orlando, your booth labor builds the signs at all venues and the house provided riggers will install them. There are four Gaylord properties nationwide, and at those properties your labor typically will build the signs and then the building will hang them. Those properties are: Gaylord National near DC, Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Gaylord Opryland in Nashville and the Gaylord Texan in the Dallas area.

You may also find yourself in a situation where you are at a large show and the General Contractor has too many signs to build and get installed. In certain cities, more than likely right to work cities, you may be given permission to have your labor build the sign and then the general contractor will check it before they hang it. This is more the exception than the rule.

Show kits can be confusing and they are not always clear as to who has the jurisdiction over what when it comes to building the signs. When you are filling out your forms and you are not sure of what to order, it is best to contact your I&D company to find out the best way to proceed for that particular event.

 

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