Injury Risks That You May Face As A Touring Guitar Technician

If you have a knack for working on guitars and you enjoy being on the road, working as a touring guitar technician can be an enjoyable way to make a living. Spending week in, week out traveling with a band and working on the guitars before, during, and after the shows allows you to work in a field that is always exciting — and you'll get to enjoy a live soundtrack while you work. Although this work is vigorous, it's not necessarily dangerous. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't injury risks. If you've been hurt in one of the following ways while touring, and you believe that negligence had a place in the injury, speak to a workers' compensation attorney like those at Kavanagh & Kavanagh Law Ofc.


Exhaustion may be a factor when you work as a touring guitar technician. Music tours often have intense schedules, with the tour traveling to a different city day after day. There might not be many days off during the tour, and you may have little downtime each day if the tour manager keeps you busy with assorted duties. Exhaustion is a concern because if you pass out while standing, you can suffer a variety of serious injuries.

Underfoot Hazards

One of the ways that you can get hurt while working as a touring guitar technician is by tripping and falling. The stage and the area around it is often covered with cables, and while part of the crew's job will be to tape these cables down with gaffer tape to ensure that they don't pose a tripping hazard, this is a job that can sometimes be overlooked. Tripping on cables can occur because much of the area around a stage is unlit, making it difficult to navigate certain spaces safely.


As a guitar technician, you're working on the artists' guitars more than setting up the equipment around the stage. However, depending on staffing issues, you might sometimes find yourself working on jobs that are outside of your job description. Doing so can occasionally present different injury risks, including electrocution. The speakers, lights, and other elements present on the stage all need to be powered, and this means that there's a risk of being shocked. Each of these injuries can be the result of negligence on the part of your employer, and your injury could prevent you from working and thus earning a living for an extended period of time.