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SPRAT® Annouces the 2015 Annual Conference

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The Society For Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT®) just announced their 2015 Annual Conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This is one conference you surely won’t want to miss! Check out the link below for more information about the SPRAT conference next February. http://sprat.org/sprat-events/

SPRAT Events | SPRAT 2015 Annual Conference
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Mark your calendar for the SPRAT 2015 Annual Conference! The program will include technical presentations of interest to rope access professionals, the 8th Annual Rope Access Olympics, Standards Committee Meetings, and the Annual Business…

For the First Time in It’s 66 Year History, IKAR Convened in the USA

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

For the first time in it’s 66 year history, the International Commission on Alpine Rescue (IKAR) convened this week in the USA! PMI is proud to have helped sponsor this momentous occasion. We welcome our friends and colleagues from across the globe, with a special thanks and recognition to the efforts of the Mountain Rescue Association and Douglas County (Nevada) SAR for all their hard work in bringing this event to fruition. Check out this Welcome Video from Topograph Media: http://vimeo.com/74700127.

Check Out This Early-Season Mixed Route Ascent in Colorado!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

This winter in Colorado is already looking to be epic for ice climbers. Check out this early-season mixed route ascent in Colorado!

PMI has been making ropes in the United States since 1976. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to making quality ropes for our customers. For all of your recreational climbing adventures be sure to check out PMI’s line of Dynamic ropes at http://shop.pmirope.com/rope/dynamic-rope!


It’s On! Desperate Early-Season Mixed Route in Colorado Mountains | Climbing
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10/3/14 – Taking advantage of an early-season snowstorm and freezing temps, Will Mayo and Ben Collett bagged the first ascent of…

Are You Concerned About the Future of Fall Protection or Rope Access Standards in the US?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Are you concerned about the future of fall protection or rope access standards in the United States? If so, consider attending the next meeting of the ANSI Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) for Fall Arrest/Protection on October 28-30, 2014 in Chicago. Pre-registration is required – check http://lnkd.in/b4zjnJV for more information.


Z359 COMMITTEE MEETING | American Society of Safety Engineers
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FALL PROTECTION AND RELATED SYSTEMS AN ANSI ACCREDITED STANDARDS COMMITTEE Z359 Full…

PMI and VRS are Active Participants inthe Markets we Serve

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

You’ve got to practice what you preach, and preach what you believe in. To that end, the VRS and PMI staff are active participants in the markets we serve, and we firmly believe that you’ve got to have some skin in the rescue/safety/access market to truly understand what works out in the field-and sometimes what doesn’t! This week, were hitting the road, and we’ll have folks in Lake Tahoe, attending the International Committee for Alpine Rescue (IKAR); in Chicago attending an International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) meeting, and of course we’ll be at the 2014 TAG Fall Cave-In on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. If you are in any of these neighborhoods, stop on in and say hey!

Article on Keeping Workers Safe While Working on Scaffolding

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Understanding fall protection standards can be confusing. It is the responsibility of the employer to follow appropriate regulatory requirements, such as OSHA, for keeping workers safe. For more information about keeping workers safe while working on scaffolding, see the article below from simplifiedsafety.com.

This article notes that companies don’t always follow the standards set for scaffolding, which can be very dangerous for employees. For many work at height projects, scaffolding may not be needed and can be replaced by using certified Rope Access workers who utilize solid rigging skills and special equipment to meet the highest safety standards. PMI provides Rope Access training, which is growing in popularity. Rope Access training and certification teaches workers to understand the risks they are taking while working at height and how to recognize, communicate and mitigate those risks to decrease injuries and fatalities. Rope Access methods utilize specific techniques that give workers a wide variety of skills to increase safety while working at height. By using Rope Access Technicians, companies can reduce project costs significantly while at the same time improving safety for their workers. The cost of Rope Access certification is a small price to pay for a big peace of mind. PMI provides the Rope Access equipment training, and expertise to help your company easily understand and meet the highest standards in the industry, which is better for the company and the workers. Find out more about PMI’s training division, and see course schedules, at www.verticalrescuesolutions.com.


What Fall Protection is Required When Working on a Scaffold? – Fall Protection Blog
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Fall protection regulations can be confusing to begin with, but throw in a subpart that includes an exception to the rule and there’s bound to be people who get…

Rescue of Injured Climber from El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Check out this recent rescue on El Capitan by Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR). Lots of great detail plus a few photos.

Rescue of Injured Climber from El Capitan – Yosemite National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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On Thursday, September 11, at approximately 10:30 am, the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center…

Wireless Horizon Tower Collapse Results in 2 Deaths

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Wireless Horizon tower collapse results in deaths of 2 cell tower workers.

For many years, PMI has been involved in multiple associations and organizations, across many industries, to help increase the safety of people working at height. PMI not only sells the best equipment for this type of work, often certified to the highest standard, but we attend committee meetings to provide technical expertise in writing standards that are intended to save lives. Example of committees include ANSI/ASSE, ASTM, NFPA, NATE and others. PMI also provides training and certifications for rope access, tower climbing and many other courses through its training department called Vertical Rescue Solutions (VRS™). The best equipment, training and highest standards for employers to follow is needed to help increase the safety of workers. Contact PMI at www.pmirope.com to see how we can help you!

2014 – 09/25/2014 – Wireless Horizon tower collapse results in deaths of 2 cell tower workers
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2014 – 09/25/2014 – Wireless Horizon tower collapse results in deaths of 2 cell tower workers

Ronin Rescue and Rock-N-Rescue are at PMI Denver for a VRS Portable High Directionals Course!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Last week, we had folks from Ronin Rescue (Vancouver, Canada) and Rock-N-Rescue (Butler, PA) in town for a VRS Portable High Directional Course. The course, focused on the SMC/Skedco/PMI TerrAdaptor, challenged everyone with both Industrial Rescue and Wilderness Rescue scenarios. Monopods, bipods and tripods were all used to facilitate high anchor points for edge transitions and highlines. If you or anyone you know is interested in a Portable High Directional Course with the TerrAdaptor, give us a shout!


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PMI is Proud to be a Sponsor of the 2014 Flight for Life Colorado Search and Rescue Conference

Friday, September 26th, 2014

PMI is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Flight for Life Colorado Search and Rescue Conference. The conference is taking place October 17-19 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, Colorado. You can get more information and register for the conference at https://www.flightforlifecolorado.org/FLC/Trainings-And-Outreach/2014-SAR-Conference/. The conference is also sponsored by the Colorado Mountain College Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Program and the National Ski Patrol.

Flight For Life Colorado – SAR Conference
www.flightforlifecolorado.org

Flight For Life Colorado Annual Search and Rescue Conference


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