24 February, 2016
Equipment that is classified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the EU, has to comply to a particular EN (European Norm) standard, as part of a Directive. Compliance with the Directive is shown by a CE marking on the product.
06 January, 2016
A step-by-step guide to aid with the inspection and maintenance of DMM auto-locking carabiner gate mechanisms including gate function tests.
26 July, 2013
George Smith attempts to explain some of those things you’ve always wondered about pulleys, but were afraid to ask.
18 April, 2013
Here George Smith presents a few pointers for anyone intent on a basic qualification in the rope access industry. Do you have what it takes?
15 April, 2013
The Regulations set out a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting procedures and equipment for work at height.
07 January, 2013
An insight into the craftsmanship and story behind the manufacture of DMM products at its Llanberis base in north Wales. See for yourself how throughout every stage of production, starting with the raw material, strict standards of quality control are maintained. Incredible precision even when hundreds of tonnes of force are being used and careful control of the critical variables involved many of the processes, such as heat treatment, are all part of the story.
01 December, 2012
The American National Standard, ANSI /ASSE Z359.12-2009 became effective November 2009. The standard incorporates a minimum gate face and side load requirement for carabiners to meet or exceed 3,600Ib (16kN).
24 October, 2012
George Smith from Outreach Rescue sheds light on the different types of rigging, the forces involved and considerations to be made when assembling rope systems.
02 May, 2012
Working on rope rescue systems over water can be very problematic, with multiple risks and limited guidance, then again… it can make for a soft landing!
12 April, 2012
Not all connectors are the same and so choosing the right one for the job in hand can be a daunting task. Different shapes, materials and locking mechanisms form a bewildering array of choice. Add in the potential for captive eyes, swivels or pulley variations and the list of options is vast.