How to Care for and Clean Your Climbing Rope

When you’re rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, or canyoning your life literally depends on the integrity of your gear. You need equipment that functions properly every time — and that means dedicating a certain amount of time to taking care of your gear. Your climbing rope is perhaps the epitome…

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Harness & Rope Cleaning

Ropes, harnesses, lanyards and other webbing products used in climbing, height safety, and outdoor education are generally made from polyamide (nylon) or polyester (Dacron, Terylene).

Nylon is susceptible to attack by acids; whereas polyester is susceptible…

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Fall Protection Equipment Maintenance

Fall protection equipment requires careful maintenance. A record must be kept for each item showing its date of purchase and recording periodic inspections carried out at a specified interval. Typically, this could be done every six months. Ropes, harnesses, and lanyards should be stored away from sunlight in a cool…

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Roof Work Height Safety Tips

Roof work is different from other height safety situations, mainly because the work situation is usually sloping. This adds an element of deception – roofs are more dangerous than they look. Also, it…

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Working from Elevated Work Platforms

Working from Elevated Work Platforms

Elevating work platforms include a variety of work platforms, which can be vehicle based, such as cherry pickers, fork-lift platforms, and scissor lifts, or building based, such as building maintenance units (BMUs) and suspended scaffolds. In addition to fall-protection, there are also issues of mechanical maintenance involved in the…

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Swing-Fall Hazards – Height and Safety

A provision for fall clearance in itself does not guarantee that a fall will not result in impact with a structure, unless provision is made to ensure that a swing fall does not result in impact with an object to the side of the fall line. An impact from…

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