Safety at Height

MRA Webinar Series – Spring and Summer Avalanches: Strategic Decisions for Mountain Rescuers

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Webinar Description:
While most people think of avalanches as a winter danger, late spring and summer avalanches kill about 1 in 10 of all avalanche victims, and these accidents do not all happen on the big glacier-covered peaks of Alaska and Washington. Having awareness of wet snow instabilities is important for mountain rescuers to stay safe and work efficiently. This is especially important as nearly all summertime avalanche SAR operations are performed by mountain rescuers. This presentation will address the issues of wet snow and wet-snow avalanches as they pertain to mountain rescuers. Sub-topics will include the avalanche rescue problem (who gets into trouble and where); what rescuers should look for when judging the danger, and what rescuers can do to mitigate their risk.

Dale Atkins is a longtime member of Alpine Rescue Team of Evergreen, Colorado. He worked as an avalanche forecaster and researcher for the state of Colorado, and was a long-time professional ski patroller too. Dale is also a past president of the American Avalanche Association and was the long-time MRA representative to ICAR. His daytime job is for RECCO AB, which is an avalanche rescue system used by many mountain rescue and ski patrols around the world.

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ASSE 2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Presentation Description:
This presentation was given at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2015 conference held June 7-10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.


Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Webinar Description:
VRS Training Manager Tom Wood discusses ways that SPRAT or IRATA certified Rope Access Technicians – using the tools, techniques and methods unique to rope access – can help solve access issues and increase worker safety within the growing Wireless Telecommunications Industries.

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ASSE 2012 – Rope Access and Your Managed Fall Protection Program

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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This presentation was given at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2012 conference held June 3-6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

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Down on the Farm: Grain Bin Rescue Basics Using the TerrAdaptor™ Tripod

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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Webinar Description:
Join VRS™ by PMI Program Manager Tom Wood for this one hour webinar addressing the challenges of accessing and rescuing someone trapped in a grain storage bin.

Rural rescuers are witnessing an alarming trend on commercial farms; a dramatic increase in the number of grain bin entrapments. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly half of all grain bin entrapments result in fatalities. In 2010, nearly thirty people lost their lives in grain bins.

As a result, OSHA issued a formal warning to grain handling and storage facility owners on February 1, 2011, stating “If any employee dies in a grain storage facility, in addition to any civil penalties proposed, OSHA will consider referring the incident to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution pursuant to the criminal provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.”

Some of the latest techniques and PMI equipment (such as the TerrAdaptor™ used as a portable high directional anchor) for Grain Bin Rescue will be discussed, as well as the many objective dangers facing rescuers attempting to access and rescue a trapped worker.

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ASSE 2011 – Delivering Safety at Height in the Workplace

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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This presentation was given at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2011 conference held June 12-15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.


ASSE 2010 – A Guide to Compliance and Safety in Post Fall Rescue for Industry

Monday, June 28th, 2010
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Presentation Description:
PMI’s own Loui McCurley gave this presentation at the American Society of Safety Engineers, Safety 2010 Conference. The conference was held June 13 – 16, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.


Industrial Onsite Tower Rescue vs. Professional Tower Rescue: Different Tools and Methods-Common Goal

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
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Webinar Description:
With the push in recent years to expand cell phone coverage and thereby eliminate those dreaded “Dead Spots”, cell towers are popping up in every corner of the country at an amazing rate. But along with this push comes a price: More and more tower workers are exposed to the risks of extreme height, Radio Frequency (RF) radiation exposure, high voltage, and gale force winds. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has deemed Cell Tower Work as the most dangerous job in America, with the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers of any occupation (beating out loggers, miners, and deep sea fisherman). With the 2007 enactment of the ANSI Z359 standard, employers are charged with keeping their workers safe by providing them with rescue equipment and training. Calling 911 is no longer an acceptable rescue plan. But inevitably, more and more Rescue Professionals are being called to perform tower rescues. This free webinar will discuss both the similarities and differences between Companion Onsite Tower Rescue and Professional EMS Tower Rescues. Different tools and methods to accomplish the same goal-the successful rescue of a tower worker, will be discussed in this hour long presentation.

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Rope Access Presentation – Exploring Rope Access

Saturday, April 10th, 2010
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Presentation Description:
This presentation was given by Loui McCurley.


Life Safety Rope for Fall Protection

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
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Presentation Description:
This presentation was given by Loui McCurley and covers rope-based fall protection for industry.