Rescue Belays in Industry

“A belay is a standard operating procedure” The topic of belay in co-worker assisted rescue is one that tends to get people worked up, perhaps because so many of us have roots in professional rescue such as fire departments and rescue teams. A belay is a standard operating procedure in Professional Rescue environments, and a…

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Clean is Safe!

Even in a pandemic, certain professions must press on. If you work in an emergency services or infrastructure role that requires the use of safety equipment, you may be wondering, “how do I prevent transmission of germs via my safety equipment?” In a recent study conducted by experts from the US Centers for Disease Control…

Choosing a seat harness

Choosing a seat harness is a very personal decision. It is based on intended use, comfort, fit, and personal preference. A harness should offer appropriate protection while still allowing the wearer a good range of motion. The type of harness you choose will depend greatly on what you plan to do in it. For example,…

Choosing a Rope

Types of Ropes   Static and low stretch ropes are designed for radically different uses than dynamic ropes and therefore have significantly different properties. Static and low stretch ropes are designed for rappelling, ascending, lowering, and raising operations where the load is supported by the rope and there should never be any slack in the…

Cordage Institute Standards

The Cordage Institute is the only organization in the USA dedicated solely to rope manufacturing and raw materials. It is important to note, however, that not all Cordage Institute standards are relevant to Life Safety ropes. For example, CI-1201 – CI-1313 standards are relevant to COMMODITY ropes, and not to LIFE SAFETY ropes. “Resulting in…

PMI at work and play

Rope Access Technicians and other workers who use PMI ropes to access their workspaces generally know quite a bit about Rock Climbing. Not all Rock Climbers know about Rope Access.  Here are some fun and general differences between Rock Climbing and Rope Access. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule! 1. Rock Climbers use…