Rescue simulation at 22 metres

Friday, 01 December, 2006

Beaver staff recently simulated a 22-metre high rescue and recovery to demonstrate to an audience of 213 why the use of standards-approved abseil equipment is safer in industrial rescue scenarios.

The two staff members involved in the rescue used the company's new abseil equipment to ascend the 22 metres by rope. One staff member then simulated a fall on a shock-absorbing lanyard, and was rescued and recovered by the other.

Height safety manager at Beaver, Clive Marple said the demonstration was designed to show that the right products can make rescue and recovery by abseil a fast and safe process.

"Currently within the height safety industry there have been many operators coming in from the recreational market with recreational equipment that does not meet the relevant standards.

"We are trying to bring to the market a more professional range of abseiling equipment that does meet the standards, meaning safer working conditions for people in a dangerous industry," Marple said.

The product line was developed in tandem with the NSW Fire Brigade, which contracted Beaver to locally develop and manufacture an Australian Standards-approved and-certified fall arrest harness with specific requirements.

Wendy Cramer, Editor

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