How Do You Rescue?

How Do You Rescue?

How Do You Rescue? By Kevin Denis, Director of Special Projects Whenever a worker is using a personal fall arrest system, an employer must plan for rescue. It’s possible and predictable that a worker may be suspended from the fall arrest system unable to get back on...
The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online

The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online

The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online By Caitlin Bearman, Equipment Advisor The number one reason people look to buy used gear online is to save money on products that come with a hefty price tag. To some, saving a couple hundred dollars on something...
Beyond a Rope Access Kit

Beyond a Rope Access Kit

Beyond a Rope Access Kit By Joel Schwarcz This is not a rope access kit, it’s better. Gravitec has assembled a kit built from the best components available, aimed to function in all conditions and applications. From long days working on rope to advanced rescue,...
You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify

You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify

You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify By Jim Costello We speak with dozens of workers at height every week, all around the country, and everyone is scrambling for workers. Finding ANYONE that’s properly trained at working at height is even more challenging. If...
Student Carabiner Race

Student Carabiner Race

Gravitec Student Carabiner Race Why a Carabiner Race? There have been long-standing misconceptions that automatic locking carabiners are too difficult to open or are not as secure as the screw-gate or twist-lock. With practice, training, and time, Gravitec has found...
Rope Access

Rope Access

Rope Access By Joel Schwarcz What is Rope Access and why should I care? Need to inspect the suspender cables on a suspension bridge without closing down traffic? Perform repairs on a dam’s tainter gate? Powerwash the Space Needle? Clean the windows of a skyscraper? Or...
The 411 on Compatibility

The 411 on Compatibility

The 411 on Compatibility By Kevin Denis The sentence …”to any object that is incompatibly shaped or dimensioned…” appears frequently in occupational health and safety regulations and many organizations fall protection policies. It’s very easy to say “all connections...
Are you missing a Key Player?

Are you missing a Key Player?

Are you missing a Key Player? By Jim Costello Too often, the importance of a Program Administrator is overlooked when creating a Managed Fall Protection Program (ANSI Z359.2). Many companies wrongly believe that just because they’ve got a competent Trainer or...
It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill

It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill

It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill By Wilo Castillo, Training Advisor Due to increased regulations and release of voluntary consensus standards more and more employers are addressing fall protection and rescue training. Employers have many options and methods to...
Stay Warm & Safe at Height

Stay Warm & Safe at Height

Stay Warm & Safe at Height We talk so much about fall protection, but how about winter protection? Here in Northwest Washington its that time of year again, freezing temperatures, ice, and even a little bit of snow. Cold weather conditions can affect your body and...
People Don’t Float or Fly

People Don’t Float or Fly

PEOPLE DON'T FLOAT OR FLY Understanding the Basic Principles of a Primary and Secondary in Fall Protection Here it is. Whenever a person is working at height, they should have a primary and a secondary means of protection. A “primary” layer of protection is what...
Why Choose Engineered Anchor Points?

Why Choose Engineered Anchor Points?

WHY CHOOSE ENGINEERED ANCHOR POINTS? Suggestions are always given on how to choose a non-engineered anchor location. With each anchor you must always take into account strength, location, and compatibility. There are only two ways to determine the strength of an...
The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup Making Your Z-Rig Work For You – Levi Delong So you’ve got yourself a Z-rig. Maybe Santa even brought you that tactical version you’ve been asking for. Now what?  There are a lot of uses for a Z-rig, but let’s look at a few ways to make it...
The Z-Rig

The Z-Rig

The Z-Rig You’ll find Z-rig setups in every industry.  It’s a handy combo of a rope grab, carabiner, and pulley – a compact system that affords the user the ability to quickly redirect lines and lift a great amount of weight. With its versatile application, a...
Taking Better Photos at Height

Taking Better Photos at Height

Taking Better Photos at Height The Challenging Hurdle Carrying your camera around with you is enough of a pain; ever tried climbing with it?  Sure, you can toss the camera around your neck or over your shoulder, but this quickly presents problems. Within the first ten...
Inspecting: Impact Indicators | Stitching | Labels

Inspecting: Impact Indicators | Stitching | Labels

Inspecting: Impact Indicators | Stitching | Labels EQUIPMENT INSPECTION What to Look for! Part 3 of 3 Impact Indicators There are many signs that an inspector can look for that indicates an item has been impacted or overloaded. Many of these items are by design and...
Inspecting: Corrosion | Paint | Chemical Exposure/Contact

Inspecting: Corrosion | Paint | Chemical Exposure/Contact

INSPECTING: CORROSION | PAINT | CHEMICAL EXPOSURE/CONTACT Fall protection equipment is often present during painting. Overspray, cleaning agents, and saturation by paint is not uncommon damage to this equipment. Some additional research is required to determine the...
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