Rescue and Emergency Services Safe Practices For Rope Access Work

Rescue and Emergency Services Safe Practices For Rope Access Work


Rescue and Emergency Services

  • The employer shall have a rescue plan for every rope access work site or project. The plan shall provide for the prompt rescue and safe extrication of a sick, injured, or entangled rope access technician. The plan shall include the following provisions:
    • The plan shall ensure that all persons conducting rope access work have been trained and are competent to perform self-rescue.
    • The plan shall ensure that sufficient rope access technicians trained and competent in partner rescue are present and available to perform a rescue in a manner appropriate for the mechanism of injury or the patient’s medical condition.
    • The plan shall ensure that the Rope Access Supervisor is capable of managing a rescue incident and where appropriate, performing a rescue.
    • The plan shall include the information required to respond to the appropriate emergency services.

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Tools and Work Equipment Safe Practices For Rope Access Work

Tools and Work Equipment Safe Practices For Rope Access Work


Tools and Work Equipment

 

  • All tools and equipment must be suitable for the work intended and compatible with rope access work. In particular, they shall not present a danger to the safe operation or integrity of the rope access system.
    • Work using rope access techniques may be more exposed than most other work methods due to factors including the inability of the rope access technician to move from close proximity to the work itself and to any power source or tools being used. As a result, certain tools which can be used safely from the ground, platforms, or other work surfaces, could cause risks to the rope access technicians or their suspension equipment unless great care is taken.

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Use of Suspended Work Platforms in Conjunction with Rope Access Safe Practices For Rope Access Work

Use of Suspended Work Platforms in Conjunction with Rope Access Safe Practices For Rope Access Work


Use of Suspended Work Platforms in Conjunction with Rope Access

  • A suspended temporary work platform should be utilized if the work is such that the rope access technician may become overtired or suffer restriction to their blood flow.
  • When such platforms are used in conjunction with rope access methods, the anchorages for the platform should be totally independent from anchorages used by rope access technicians as main lines or safety lines.

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Use of Suspended Work Platforms in Conjunction with Rope Access – Safe Practices For Rope Access Work – Access and Hazard Zones

Use of Suspended Work Platforms in Conjunction with Rope Access – Safe Practices For Rope Access Work – Access and Hazard Zones

Access and Hazard Zones 

  • Access Zone 
    • An access zone shall be established. 
    • Anchorages should normally be established outside the access zone so that the workers can don their harnesses and helmets and attach themselves to the working line(s) before entering into the access zone
    • Appropriate fall protection measures shall be used by any personnel entering the access Zone
    • Personnel in the access zone may require fall protection meeting the requirements of the jurisdiction or country of the work, such as ANSI/ASSE, CSA or EN/CE, during transition until the rope access anchors are established and personnel are on-rope
  • Hazard Zone 
    • A hazard zone shall be established and marked, blockaded or identified to warn rope access technicians and passers-by of hazards associated with the work being performed. 
  • No one may enter the hazard zone unless they are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. 

Communication Systems 

  • An effective communications system shall be established prior to beginning work and should remain effective for all the time that work is actively taking place. 
    • Hand or audible signals to be used for regular or emergency communications should be agreed upon and rehearsed before work begins. 
  • Radio systems or hardline communications equipment should be used for communication purposes unless the area of work is such that all those involved are always visible to each other and within audible range.

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Duties and Responsibilities of the Level I Technician (Rope Access Worker) Safe Practices For Rope Access Work

Duties and Responsibilities of the Level I Technician (Rope Access Worker) Safe Practices For Rope Access Work


Duties and Responsibilities of the Level I Technician (Rope Access Worker)