Types of Rope Access Equipment

Rope Access work positioning requires involves a lot of equipment. These Nouvelle Hauteur tools ensure a safe working environment while maintaining comfort and full functionality to maximize efficiency and efficacy, too.


The climbing helmet is, obviously, a crucial piece of safety equipment you should wear as a primary means to protect your head, most fundamentally to protect the top of your skull from falling debris.  Of course, rope access is inherently an industrial application and, as such, helmets are a mandatory piece of equipment on a construction site. And they are mandatory because head injuries cause victims to fall unconscious and that further increases risk for orthstotatic hypotension via restriction of blood flow from the victim not having their weight supported in the harness.


Speaking of support from a harness, the sit harness is basically a waist belt with two leg loops. Normally this type of harness is connected in the front of the body, at the hips, and done so through a permanent webbing loop.


Similar to the sit harness, the chest harness is worn around the shoulders, and often used in combination with a sit harness, providing additional support at a point further up the body.  This improves balance in certain situations—ie when carrying a heavy pack or when the person in the harness might not be able to maintain upright positioning.


As you might suspect, the full-body harness is a combination of both the sit and chest harness connected to each other, either permanently or semi-permanently. Typically, this type of harness offers the widest range of attachment points; commonly used in rescue situations and throughout industrial applications.


An ascender is a mechanical device used for quickly ascending a rope.  Generally, ascenders offer functionality that is similar to friction knots, though they are faster, safer, and easier to use.


While it might seem like any of the aforementioned pieces of equipment would be the most important, the safety back-up device is, in fact, the most important tool.  Obviously, this device is a safety measure but, ironically, it is functionally like a secondary ascender (et al). Basically, this device is attached to a second rope—a safety rope—and is designed to be kept as high as possible in order to reduce the distance you could fall should another safety protocol fail.  

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