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INDUSTRIAL ROPE ACCESS BACK-UP DEVICES - A REVIEW


Heightec, a leading UK manufacturer of specialist technical equipment for work at height, difficult access and rescue, has written a review paper on Industrial Rope Access Back-up Devices.


DEBATE ESCALATES


Whilst debate on the subject of back-up devices has escalated in recent months, some of the issues regarded as topical now were raised by far sighted users two decades ago.


UK PERSPECTIVE


The review is written largely from a United Kingdom (UK) perspective, this being the regulatory framework within which heightec operates.


The paper is “A summary of relevant technical and legal information relating to the historical development of industrial rope access back-up devices”. The selection and use of back-up devices for rope access is one of the most interesting and controversial topics in the fall protection industry.


It seemed that a proper understanding of the current state of affairs required all of the information to be gathered together and the review paper is heightec’s own reference point for establishing what a product must do to satisfy technical and legal requirements in a robust and predictable manner.


SPECIFICS


It is a review paper – it does not identify any specific issues, propose solutions or discuss product characteristics.


Whilst much of what is gathered here may be already known to many, there does seem value in presenting all aspects together with the hope that there will be something relevant to everyone.


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LIVING DOCUMENT – NON UK CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT heightec sees the review as a ‘living’ document; and constructive feedback and/or contributions from people within the industry are actively being sought; in particular from those who are able to provide a non-UK view on the design, selection and use of back-up devices in industrial rope access.


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