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Posts Tagged ‘Rope Access Back-up Devices’

Rope access back-up device performance on tensioned lines

Rope access back-up device performance on tensioned lines – Test report published by BARA (Danish Rope Access Authority) showing how a number of the back-ups currently in use in rope access perform on tensioned lines (such as would be the case if rescuing a suspended rope access casualty from ground upwards). The results show that some devices slip when the tail of the rope underneath the back-up device is loaded. Note that this test is not one of the standard tests for a rope access back-up device. Click image to download a copy of the report:


Camp Goblin Fall Arrester / Rope Access Back-up Device

Coming soon from Camp is a new fall arrester called the Goblin. Designed for use on ropes of 10 to 11mm with a short non-shock absorbing lanyard, it has also been tested to cope with a 200Kg rescue load. Although the Camp Goblin operates using a cam to squeeze the rope to arrest a fall, Camp seem to have come up with a device which can also be used on tensioned lines (allowing a rescuer to undertake a rescue from the top down or ground up using the casualties lines – some other back-up devices release if the rope below the device is weighted).

Abaris International are due to receive the first Camp Goblin when it becomes available and will update our site with feedback following testing. The exact price is to be confirmed.

Further information can be found here: Camp Goblin (inclues video of the device being tested with a rescue load, as well as being tested on a tensioned line).

Rope Access Back-up Devices – Your choice!

Latest information on Back-up Devices for Rope Access

Back up Devices

Since Petzl’s last statement on the use of the B03 Petzl Shunt while towed by a cord as a back-up device in rope access (Click here to read the Petzl Shunt statement and here for the IRATA Shunt statement) we have been getting  a lot enquiries asking what can be used in it’s place, so here are the most popular alternatives:

B71 Petzl ASAP. Made by Petzl, comes complete with OK Triact Karabiner, it travels up and down the rope with no contact from the operator. As it’s a toothed device ordinarily used with a shock absorbing lanyard. There are three types of lanyard available: L7120 ASAP’Sorber 20cm, L7140 ASAP Sorber 40cm and the L57 Absorbica. The Absorbica is the only one of these lanyards rated for more than one person (i.e. for use in rescue). It is great on inclines as well as vertically tensioned ropes and will lock up when it starts to descend quickly even if the operator has hold of it.

RA003 Rocker. A SAR product.  Also made under licence by ISC for Miller and P+P. A simple and effective device which fits easily onto the rope and is used with a short lanyard. The S0014 Rocker Lanyard Assembly is the recommended lanyard but SAR do say that any rated quickdraw with the correct locking karabiners will suffice. It tends to travel freely up and down the rope and can be used on diagonal, horizontal and vertically tensioned lifelines. The operator must let go if holding this device when mainline failure occurs. It can be locked in position on the rope using a simple catch at the top of the device. Locking it in this manner allows the user to position it as high up their back-up rope as possible thus limiting the fall distance in the event of a main line failure. The device is rated for two people (i.e. for use in rescue) and can easily be released when under load.

The ISC RED has recently been released onto the market and can be bought with no cord, with a fixed tow cord or with a tow cord and ‘Popper’ (the latter relying on the user pulling the tow cord to release the popper in the event of a mainline failure). The body of the RED in each version is the same so if you buy the Popper Version then this towcord can be removed completely or can be replaced by a towcord without a popper. All version of the RED are designed to be used with a dynamic cowstail from the waist attachment point of your harness and are tested for use in a rescue situation (for a two person load).

On the horizon is also the DMM Buddy Catch (a ‘Buddy’ with a ‘catch’ – their Buddy device with a tow ‘cord’). The prototype has a release system which relies on the operator squeezing a trigger in the event of a main line failure).

All of the above are / will be available from our website. If you know of another back-up device of interest then please contact us with details.


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