Tag: Rope Access

Rope Access, Fall Protection and OSHA: Regulatory Updates and You

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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This presentation will outline recent updates to the recent OSHA Fall Protection Regulation as well as developments within the ANSI Z359 family of Fall Protection standards as relates to rope access. Presented by PMI’s Loui McCurley, who has been blazing new trails in safe work at height for over three decades, this is a command performance update to her presentation at the January 2017 SPRAT conference. From working as a Rope Access Technician before such a thing existed in the USA, Loui visualized and instigated the founding of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) in 1996, then went on to help develop a pair of groundbreaking global rope access standards with the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 2003. Ten years later, she worked tirelessly with OSHA to ensure allowances were made for rope access in the impending 2016 updates to their 29CFR 1910 Subpart D Walking Working Surfaces regulation, and recently released the first book of it’s kind on Professional Rope Access for Safety Professionals and Program Managers. Today, in addition to serving as Regulatory Assistance Chairman of SPRAT, Loui is once again leading a charge for the cause as chairman of the ANSI Z359 Committee’s forthcoming standard on Rope Access. Loui’s commitment and passion to improving safety in work at height is recognized by regulatory authorities, standards organizations, and corporate safety professionals worldwide. You’ll get the latest critical updates and insights toward future efforts in this presentation.

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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.


Memorial Webinar for Steve Hudson

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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This free, memorial webinar is a reshowing of a previous PMI Webinar presented by the late PMI President Steve Hudson. It provides insight on the proper inspection, care and maintenance of Life Safety Rope. In addition, we will try to answer the tough question of when to retire your rope.

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Harken® PowerSeat™

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Join PMI and Harken® for this informative webinar on the Harken® PowerSeat™. Sean Cogan from Harken® presented this webinar detailing the different uses and configurations of the PowerSeat™.

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Harken PowerSeat – PMI Promo Video

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Harken® PowerSeat™* is a groundbreaking in-seat powered ascender/descender for vertical rope access. Operated by gas, the PowerSeat is designed to stay in an upright position, allowing technicians to work comfortably at height and to complete tasks quickly. Safety is paramount. A dead man’s switch controls ascent speed up to 15 m/min (49.2 ft/min), while a fail-safe braking system controls descent and prevents free-falls. The Harken PowerSeat™ is built of strong, noncorrosive materials and weighs just 30.80 lbs (14.000 kg) for easy hand carry. Maximum working load is 601.80 lbs (73.000 kg), allowing two-person rescue operations. It is CE certified to Machinery Directive and verified by Bureau Veritas. The PowerSeat’s many applications include: mountain rescue, industrial maintenance, wind turbine & offshore construction, engineering and inspections, marine & rigging. It can also be used in horizontal configurations to haul material or fixed -point rigging for rescue. *Must be used with a Fall-Arrest system


Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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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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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues?


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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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.


Permit-Based Rope Access Planning

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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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”.

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