Overcoming GRAVITY – Choosing a Rope for Safety

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 

Life safety rope is available in such a variety of diameters, materials, and constructions… how do you choose what’s right for you? This presentation will cover some of the finer points of rope selection, including test methods, interpretation of data, and both objective and subjective considerations in choosing the best rope for your application. Rope is not a commodity, and details do make a difference. By the end of this webinar you will have a better grasp on analyzing specifications and product labels to help you choose the best product for your needs. Loui McCurley, you presenter for this webinar, offers perspective gained from personal experience in rescue, fall protection, rope access, and recreational climbing, as well as testing and evaluating mechanisms of failure of life safety rope.

In-House Emergency Response

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Presenter: Robert Gowder | Webinar | 

Robert Gowder will be presenting PMI’s latest webinar on “In-House Emergency Response”. This webinar will focus on how to best prepare workers – not professional rescuers – for post fall rescue and retrieval. Emphasizing “P.R.E. planning”, the presentation will cover Personnel, Rescue and Equipment on the jobsite. Robert is PMI’s Account Manager for the Northern United States.

Every Rescuer Should Know Their ABCDE’s: A Disciplined Approach for Conducting Rope System Safety Checks

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Presenter: Jeremy Metz | Webinar | 
A common practice in rope rescue is to conduct a “safety check” of the rigging in a rope system prior to placing a human load on it. The purpose and value of safety check is well documented in various technical rope rescue textbooks and is even is a job performance requirement in NFPA 1006, Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications. However, these references often only present general guidelines and they do not present a disciplined approach to conducting a safety check. This free PMI® Webinar will present a disciplined approach developed by West Metro Fire Rescue’s (Lakewood, CO) Technical Rescue Team as one way to conduct a system safety check.

ClimbTech Anchorage Connectors – Performance & Application

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Presenter: Eric Patrick | Webinar | 

ClimbTech anchorage connectors are internationally known as both innovative and easy to use. Whether you are a partner, distributor, or end user of our equipment, you can learn a little more about it at this free webinar. Some topics that will be covered are:

REMOVABLE ANCHORS – ClimbTech’s Removable Anchors, developed both for fall protection and multi-use, are safe, lightweight, and surprisingly simple to employ.

BEAM CLAMPS – One of ClimbTech’s most recent innovations, the I-Beam Clamp is the lightest and nimblest of its kind. Beyond its unmatched weight, the clamp incorporates a variety of unique components – all resulting in superior performance.

SWIVEL ANCHORS – The Swivel Anchor is not only new to ClimbTech’s product line; it is a valuable addition to the world of safety equipment. The anchor incorporates a revolutionary swivel ring design that allows a D-Ring to rotate 360 degrees as well as flip back and forth.

Permit-Based Rope Access Planning

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
The Rope Access Permit (Work Plan) referenced by SPRAT Safe Practices documents is intended as a tool for the employer/safety manager to use in evaluating the work to be done and to ensure that all necessary considerations have been given the attention they deserve. The Rope Access Permit is more than just a Job Hazard Analysis; it is a comprehensive guideline to help think through practical safety and regulatory aspects of a given job. Attend this free webinar to learn more about how to plan your rope access work using the “Permit-Process”.

An Inside Look at Mexico’s Crystal Caves Featured on National Geographic

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Presenter: Angie Lucht | Webinar | 
National Geographic went inside one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet – a giant crystal cave described as Superman’s Fortress, with magnificent crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. Our presenter, Angie Lucht, was one of the four cavers/mountain rescuers on the team that went into the caves. She will talk about the boundaries of the physical limitations and new explorations while filming “Into the Lost Crystal Caves”.

SMC Rescue StayK – Load Equalizing System Overview

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Presenter: Garin Wallace & Don Enos | Webinar | 
There is an ever growing demand for the SMC Rescue StayK® (picket system) from all divisions of the Emergency Response Industry, Fire Departments, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, etc. The SMC Rescue StayK® system is versatile, accommodating, and by far the most effective, efficient, and reliable system available today. Join us for this free webinar presented by Garin Wallace and Don Enos of SMC.

Fall Protection, Rope Access and Regulatory Compliance in the USA

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
Although fall prevention and protection has been repeatedly addressed by OSHA, which has suggested methods such as elimination or substitution of work, use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to control hazards, falls continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace.

In developing a Managed Fall Protection Program, one thing is clear: Adequate preparation, systems thinking, and adhering to appropriate safety practices are more likely to have a positive influence on safety at height than complex, rigid work systems and adherance to “product standards”.

This presentation, given by Loui McCurley, will explore integration of Rope Access into the employers Managed Fall Protection Program, and the potential benefits of versatility and capability that can be realized by the employer as a result. We will discover how Professional Rope Access fits in as a work method combining trained technicians with a proven system of work and equipment to achieve complete system of work, and how it is recognized by US and International standards, including ANSI, ISO, and others.

Life Safety Rope Selection

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Presenter: Steve Hudson | Webinar | 
This free webinar, presented by PMI President Steve Hudson, will be a workshop focusing on variations of ropes used for rescue and other life safety applications. We will discuss current trends and standards in the industry. Steve will outline desirable performance characteristics of rope required for different kinds of life safety use, including rope access, wilderness rescue, urban/fire rescue, water rescue, cave rescue and others. Steve will also provide a brief overview of the history of ropes used in rescue and information on ropes in use today, covering information on rope construction, materials and selection.

WHAT’S THE SCAM? Selection Care and Maintenance of Vertical Rescue Equipment

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Presenter: Bob McCurley | Webinar | 
Let this presentation be your guide to asking the right questions, considering important factors and researching key specifications in selection of commonly used rescue equipment. We will cover basic design considerations of various components of rescue equipment, typical applications, and potential failure modes. You will learn how strength ratings and specifications of equipment relates to real world use, and how to properly maintain and care for your equipment for maximum lifespan.