The African Rope Access Safety Championships is hosted in Midrand on 24-25 July. The access method is used for work at height, and for height rescue.
Rope access safety competition rules
The fastest time over a combination of four Level 1 rope access manoeuvres without any safety mistakes, wins the competition.
Any shortcut may be taken, as long as the contestants remain on two points at all times. Any safety mistake is an immediate disqualification from the competition.
The combination of manoeuvres required are;
1. Ascend and descend through a deviation, past knots, through a re-belay and back down to the ground. Total height of all the manoeuvres combined is 8 meters.
2. Short line transfer, into a long line transfer, into a loop and down to the ground. This will run in a triangle, and all ropes (for the transfers) needs to be prepared and connected to the technicians harness before the time may start. The time stops when the technician is back on the ground where he / she started.
3. Combined aid climbing exercise. The technician will access the aid climbing routes with an access rope from the ground. A combination of steel beams and eye bolts needs to be aided by making use of short slings and direct connection. A total of 14 eye-bolts needs to be crossed and two sections of three meter beams. Once the technician reaches the other side he needs to transfer to a set of access ropes and abseil down to the ground. No tie back of cow tails onto the beams are permitted.
4. Pick off rescue where the victim is stuck on a descender about 5 meters off the ground. The rescuer needs to access the victim on the same set of working ropes, accessing the victim from underneath.
Any current, competent, registered Institute of Work at Height (IWH) or IRATA Rope Access Technician who holds a licence to operate, may enter.
Proof of a valid medical examination, valid rope access certificate, and copy of ID must be provided on the day of the competition. Any level of rope access technician may enter.
Rope accesss safety championship entry
Individual and team contestants from anywhere in Africa could win prizes of R10 000, R5000 and R3000, as well as height access equipment components.
The entry fee for pre-registration is R200 per person. Entry fee for late registration on the day is R250 per person. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
Rope access training CPD
The event will contribute to continuing professional development (CPD) points towards registration of further designations with the professional body, in addition to the hours being logged as work hours.
The rope access safety event is at the Heightsafety Training Academy, Unit 6A, Tilburry Business Park, 16th Road, Midrand. Starting time is at 07:30 until completed.
This is the only event in Africa where technicians are recognised for rope access sfaety skills, and can win prizes.
Technicians will challenge others contestants or teams in five rope access safety categories; Individuals; Company teams; Winners of 2014; Nominations; Industry Experts, said Heightsafety director JP Du Toit.
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