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September 17, 2009

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Rope safety event a big hit with delegates

The two-day event took place at the Fire Services College in Gloucestershire and featured outdoor demonstrations of rope safety techniques, which was followed by the group’s annual conference.The first outdoor demonstration took place on a drill tower, and allowed instructors to share techniques and best practice on the use of motorised hoists, back-up and descended devices, and rig rescue operations. Delegates were also given a sneak peak at a number of winches produced by IRATA members Act Safe, and PowerQuick.This was followed by a number of demonstrations from a motorway gantry, which included fall arrest, horizontal aid climbing, underlock rescue, and hoop ladder rescue.IRATA chief executive, Rod Dymott, feels the event was a great success, he told SHP: “This is the first time that we have used this venue to host the event and it has been a big hit with delegates. IRATA members from every continent attended the event, and had the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. We hope that they will now return to work and help spread the safe working practices they have learned.“We have successfully taken rope safety to the world at a tremendous rate of growth, and in doing so have drastically reduced death rates. IRATA currently has 225 member companies, half of which are based overseas, and we hope events like today will help to demonstrate that rope access is the quickest, safest, and most effective method of working at height.”See below for a slideshow of pictures taken at the event and a video interview with Rod Dymott. For more information about IRATA visit

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