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Oil and Gas Industry Going to be Subject to OSHA’s SVEP Program

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Due to a “significant worker fatality rate which is 5 to 8 times greater than the national average for all US industries over the last 20 years” the Oil and Gas industry is going to be subject to OSHA’s SVEP program. Read more in the article below:

Oil and Gas Industry Faces OSHA Scruity


OSHA is putting the oil and gas industry under increased scrutiny as it issued a notice announcing the industry will be subject to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). Thomas Galassi,…

ASSE Releases Several New Safety Standards

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers has released several new safety standards, including: ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses; ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems; ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014 Roofing Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs; and ANSI/ASSE A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction & Demolition Operations. You can find ASSE’s official announcement, and links to the standards, at: http://ow.ly/KgfJW

PMI is Saddened by News of Tom Sutphen

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

From the FAMA and FEMSA Newsletter:

The FAMA and FEMSA Boards are saddened to report the passing of Tom Sutphen (Sutphen Corporation). Tom touched many lives within the fire service and will be remembered fondly. As noted in the obituary below, a celebration of life will tentatively be held on May 2nd. More information will be passed along as it becomes available. Industry friends who are wishing to express their sympathy are asked to do so through www.schoedinger.com and are invited to attend the celebration.

Thomas Clarence Sutphen, age 90, of Hilliard and Sanibel Island, died peacefully at Kobacker House surrounded by his family on February 13. Born in Columbus, Ohio on December 12, 1924 to Gail Mills and Harry Sutphen. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Tamea Bartholomew Sutphen; daughters, Susie Herb, of Durango, CO, Pat (Marcus) Aden, of Frisco, CO, and Julie Phelps, of Columbus; grandchildren, Scott, Andy (Crystal), and Brooke Herb (Devin Hencmann), Olya and Christopher Aden, Megan, Steven (Allison), Michael Phelps; and his beloved dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Lois Sutphen. Tom graduated from Grandview High School in 1943 where he recently gave the commencement address. He then went directly into the service where he was in The Army Air Corps during WWII. He worked as a mechanic on B-24s, establishing a love of engines, whether it be cars, boats, or fire trucks. He was happiest with greasy hands working on his classic cars. He attended Ohio State where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Tom loved life and lived it to the fullest. He went to work for his father selling fire equipment and developed the aerial platform that revolutionized the fire-fighting industry. He was the President of Sutphen Corp. where his passion was selling his product. He won the Iacocca Award recognizing excellence in the auto industry. He and his wife were members of several car clubs and traveled to numerous car shows all over the country winning many awards. Member of First Community Church, Scioto Country Club, Catawba Island Club, Captiva Island Yacht Club. He loved tinkering, creating and fixing things, as well as hunting, fishing, boating, skiing and was known for his dancing. He loved his family dearly. Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday, February 16 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd. Private service and interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Schoedinger.com. Contributions may be made to the Sutphen Family Fund at the Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43205, or the American Cancer Society of Central Ohio, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017, in his memory. A celebration of life will tentatively be held on May 2. – Click here to read more.

Please keep the Sutphen family and company colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

PMI Vertical Specialist Jay Smith takes PMI’s new 8.9mm Erractic with Unicore® technology rope for a test drive!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Read what this climbing legend has to say about it:

My New Favorite Rope

I have been using PMI’s new Erratic 8.9mm Dry rope now for several weeks, on ice and mixed climbing routes. The new Unicore® technology gives me that extra confidence in the ropes ability to take the punishment of the sharp choss rock here in the San Juans of Colorado. The ropes sheath shows very little wear thus far, even after numerous times being lowered off mixed routes of sharp limestone, quartzite and welded tuff/ volcanic ash of the Campbird area and surrounds. This is always very hard on a rope.

One property that is unique to the Erratic rope is that even if the rope receives a core shot, from say a large rock falling on it or a grating across a very sharp edge, the sheath will still stay intact. This is quite reassuring on a long route where your rope has got to last till your back safely on the ground.

One time, while climbing in the Kitchatnas of Alaska, our lead rope received a small nick in the sheath during the ascent. Once seen it became a huge concern since we still had many difficult pitches to go up before we would start our descent back down. The only tape we had was the tiny factory piece that wrapped the tail. We reattached this over the small fray. Soon that fell off and the sheath began to wear. We made the summit and then began the 18 raps needed to descend. Four hundred feet from the ground, the sheath blew and the core came out like spaghetti. Of course this jammed somewhere above when we went to retrieve our rope, forcing us to cut it and complete the descent on a single worn 7mm. Obviously, we did make it back down, but things could have been much worse. With the new Erratic, this would not have been a problem as the sheath would have remained intact.

At first I questioned how soft the rope felt (the hand), but this rope handles like no other. Tying knots is simple and I can’t remember ever seeing a single kink. In addition, the dry treatment is superb and the ropes light weight is a huge plus. The one thing I have yet to test is taking a huge whipper on the rope. Maybe I’ll leave that for someone else.

Jay Smith

PMI Helps to Raise Money for the Cleveland Food Bank

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

NORCG LogoPMI was proud to support Northeast Ohio Rock Climbing Group’s recent Climbing Benefit for the Cleveland Food Bank! The Benefit raised almost $8,000 for the Food Bank which will result in about 20,000 meals! Congratulations to the winners of the auctions and to the Northeast Ohio Rock Climbing Group for this great achievement.


PMI is Proud to Support the National Speleological Society (NSS)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

NSS Vertical Section Members

Shown here are members of the Vertical Section of the NSS that ran the rope climbing contest at last year’s NSS Convention. The NSS has over 10,000 members and 250 grottos. Members study, explore, and conserve cave and karst resources as well as protect access to caves and encourage responsible management of caves. For more information on the NSS, please visit their website: www.caves.org.

No Cave for Old Rope

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

By: Philip Rykwalder


At the PMI factory I was 600 feet of satiny and newly minted 11mm nylon rope. Wound up all nice and neat on the spool; white with two tracers. One red, one black. Easy Bend. And, as far as ropes go, I’ve had a remarkably full life, I’d say at least. Been to Mexico and back more than a few times when cavers slung me down Hoya de las Guaguas as bees swarmed around and later on in Golondrinas they tied on another rope and down into the mossy darkness I went. Lowered slowly and carefully down the whole way and came to rest on the soft, green guano floor over a thousand feet down. (more…)

FEMA NIMS Training Plan – Please Respond!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public comments on the NIMS Training Plan. This plan defines National Incident Management System (NIMS) national training. It specifies stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. In addition to delineating responsibilities and actions, the NIMS Training Plan defines the process for developing training and personnel qualification requirements for emergency management/response personnel. You may review the plan at www.osha.gov, Docket ID FEMA-2009-0012. Comments must be received by February 22, 2011.

PMI Vice President, Loui McCurley honored at January SPRAT meeting

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

PMI Vice President Loui McCurley was honored, last month, with a plaque from the SPRAT organization. The award recognized Loui for her profound influence on the SPRAT organization which includes efforts in the founding of the organization. SPRAT now has over 2,000 certified technicians and is certifying at a rate of 1,000 per year. Loui’s original idea of building something similar to IRATA in the United States, but designed for the US regulatory environment and a consensus driven user organization was what got the whole thing started. PMI is proud to be a charter member of SPRAT and to have Loui as a part of our team. Congratulations Loui, and thank you for all your hard work in the SPRAT organization!

OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910 Fall Protection UPDATE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

PMI testified recently at a four-day OSHA Hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard (Subpart D) and addition of a new Subpart I for Personal Fall Protection Equipment Criteria. In the hearing, OSHA heard testimony from a wide variety of respondants, some of whom petitioned for significant limitations on rope based work at height, and some of whom petitioned for a broader acceptance.

SPRAT, AWEA, and some private companies testified on behalf of the viability and benefits of rope access, but there was also significant representation from the scaffold industry and employee representatives who seek to restrict rope work. In her testimony, PMI Vice President Loui McCurley specifically requested that work on rope be regulated separately from suspended scaffold regulation (which is where it resides in the proposed regulation), and that it not be restricted to window cleaning (which is how the proposed regulation currently reads). Instead, we petitioned OSHA to incorporate performance oriented language to define the goals and capabilities for rope access systems and qualifications of practitioners, regardless of the industry in which rope access is practiced.

OSHA estimates that within 14 days the hearing transcripts should be available in the public docket (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072) at http://www.regulations.gov.

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