Rope Access

Carabiner Questions And Answers

Carabiner Questions and Answers

Carabiners are a type of connector used in rope access, rope rescue, and arborist work to join two pieces of equipment together. They go by many names including snap links, biners, and karabiners. They are available in a large number of styles and materials with various types of closing mechanisms.We receive a lot of questions about carabiners and here are the answers to some of them. If you have additional questions please ask us in the space at the bottom of the page and we will answer them fo...

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Pulley Questions And Answers

A pulley is a wheel which rotates on a shaft designed to reduce friction. They can either be used to change the direction of a rope or provide mechanical advantage to make it easier to move or lift an object. In rope systems, pulleys are primarily used to build mechanical advantage systems for raising operations.We receive a lot of questions about pulleys and here are the answers to some of them. If you have additional questions please ask us in the space at the bottom of the page and we will an...

Testing Pulley Efficiency

When using pulley systems, mechanical advantage is expressed as the ratio of the amount of output force to the amount of input force. For example, a '3:1' system has three times the amount of output force as the input force. If a person pulls with 10 units of force, this system will apply 30 units of force to the load. This allows a person to lift a load much greater than would be able to be lifted without the help of the system. This is the mechanical advantage. Rope rescue, rope acces...

Do you trust your equipment quality?

Personal protective equipment used to be purchased directly from either the manufacturer or specialty stores but is now widely available on the Internet from unknown sources. There is a wide range of products available now but how do you know the quality of what you are buying? The products might look the same as well known name brand products but are they? There are a few major problems we have found with equipment available online with the most common being imitations of well known products ...

Rope Rescue Risk Management

Rope Rescue involves risk. Rope skills are technical and if not performed properly can result in serious injury or death. Risk also comes from environmental conditions such as bad weather and low visibility. Rescue requires an immediacy in order to save a life which can cloud judgement. How can this risk be managed? A patient is packaged into a litter in preparation for being attached to a rope rescue highline. Rope Access Technicians use planning to help manage risk. Bef...

Rope Rescue or Rope Access? What is the Difference?

What is the difference between rope access and rope rescue? Is rope access training the same as rope rescue training or are they different? Rope Access is a form of work positioning which uses practical rope work to allow workers to access difficult to reach locations without the use of additional support structures. Rope Rescue is any rescue that requires rope and related equipment to safely gain access to, and remove patients from, hazardous locations with limited access such as mountains or...

How Strong Is Your Equipment?

We often get asked about the strength of rope rescue and rope access equipment. When seeing a new piece of equipment the first question is often, "How strong is this?" This sounds like a simple question but the answer is more complicated. It is common to think all products are manufactured the exact same. In reality all manufactured products have variances. They are all a little different. These differences are managed through quality control. These differences can be made very small through bet...

Equipment Costs and Training Expenses

There is a balance between the cost of equipment and the cost spent on training. There is additional cost spent on training to remain proficient with the use of equipment. All of these costs must be considered when making a purchase. Something inexpensive might look like a good deal but when the total cost of ownership is considered it might end up costing much more than investing in the correct gear in the beginning. CMC MPD Multi-Purpose Device Development of modern rope equipm...

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