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What is a Rope Access Plan? (OHS 34.3)

Before any rope access work can be implemented on site, a few pre-planning tasks need to be completed. Included in this pre-planning stage is the creation...

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IRATA L1 Syllabus: Work Seats

Work seats are an item of equipment designed for your comfort and health. They’re most commonly used when techs are working in a single position for an...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Edge Obstructions

Working edges, or access zones, present all sorts of hazards. That’s why we set up exclusion zones around them (an established work area that is barred...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Passing mid rope Protectors

To protect the working lines against abrasion and other hazards, wrap around canvas rope protectors can be used if the risk (generally a minimally sharp...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Horizontal Aid Climbing

There are several different techniques you can use to climb up or descend down on a given structure. In the TACS, IRATA breaks rope access climbing...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Climbing with Fall Arrest

In a fall arrest system, although you may be working on an elevated platform, your feet are still touching a solid surface. Your hands and feet are your...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Re-anchors

In order to avoid a hazard, a secondary set of anchors may be installed on your rope system below the primary anchors. This is a re-anchor (aka a...

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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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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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