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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Rescuing a casualty in descent mode

Rescue operations fall into two broad categories: rig-for-rescue (where the rope system has been rigged to either allow a third party to lower an...

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Rope Tech Story: Barry

 

We get a lot of questions from new rope access technicians about finding work. Many don't know where to start and are worried that they won't be able...

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Product of the Month: Kask Super Plasma Helmets

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Rope to Rope Transfers

During a rope-to-rope transfer, you’ll move horizontally from one rope system to another while in suspension. The distance between the two sets of ropes...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Ascent using ascenders and descenders

Climbing a rope (ascending an anchor line) is one of the first techniques that we teach during L1 training, and is accomplished by alternating between two...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Descending with a descender and ascender

Being able to control your speed and stop as required while descending the ropes is a core technique you’ll use nearly every day as a rope tech. All...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Changeovers

Switching from ascent to descent mode (and vice versa) is one of the core rope access techniques and involves switching between your descending and...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Deviations

In order to prevent abrasion related damage to your rope system, avoid hazards, or get yourself in the right position for the work you’re doing in...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Backup Devices

On your IRATA assessment day, you’ll demonstrate competence by correctly using and handling of your back-up device(s) in the following ways.

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Toolbox Talk: Knots at the end of Ropes

IRATA has created various topic sheets for us to use as Toolbox Talk Topics. In each topic sheet, they've included case studies to help us visualize the...

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