LinkedIn Blog
Twitter Facebook


The materials appearing on the equipment section ("Section") of this website ("Materials") are provided for general information purposes only, and it is the sole and exclusive responsibility of anyone who chooses to access the Section and read any Material ("the User")  to draw his or her own conclusions about it and to seek specific advice on it if he or she thinks fit. The Materials and the Section are provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to their accuracy and, in connection with such provision and to the extent permitted by law, the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association ("IRATA") and IRATA's co-publishers [insert name] hereby expressly exclude (i) all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity and (ii) any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of the section and/or any Materials and of any website linked to it any of them, whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable, and (iii) (without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) any technical, editorial, typographical or other errors or omissions.

Industrial Rope Access Back-up Devices - A Review

A summary of relevant technical and legal information relating to the historical development of industrial rope access back-up devices.

The Heightec group,

July 2013

Click here for the report

irata technical report on testing - may 2012

IRATA Technical Report

1. ITEC 2012 Intro

2. Two ropes both different

3. Rope strech

4. Elongation 42m rope with devices

5. Two descender rescue

6. New back-up devices

7. 100kg test

8. 120kg demo

9. Rope protection

10. Back-up Device Attachment

Play it all


For users of fall protection PPE with weight of over 100kg

These links give details of safe use of Petzl or Camp equipment if the weight of user + equipment is over 100kg

HSE funded report 2001: Industrial rope access - Investigation into items of personal protective equipment'.

Recommended reading for all L3s and others interested in technical info on PPE.


Click here to download it

The back-up safety system 2002 byJan Holan and Steve Beason
Concluded that the Shunt should NOT be used as a back-up with ropes of 10.5 mm. Click here for the report.

French tests on Cow'stails 2006. Conclusion : knotted cowstails give better energy absorption than commercially available types. Click here for the report.

Tests on backup systems under rescue loads to replicate risks encountered during routine training 2007. Conclusion: Petzl Shunt is unsuitable as a back-up device for 2 person rescue loads. Click here for the report.



Safety Bulletin SB41

Adverse Inclement Weather

Safety Bulletin SB40

Dropped Objects

Safety Bulletin SB39

Fall from Height

Safety Bulletin SB38


Safety Bulletin SB37

Rope caught by moving elevator


More Documents

Incompatible browser? click here


IRATA interactive world map
Operators Operators & Trainers Go to Map
Trainers Associates


Members' Area

Do you want to become a member?

Click here for a membership pack

Membership requirements

Click here to access the requirements Join IRATA


Subscribe to get all the latest news & updates. All emails include an unsubscribe link.



IRATA International
First Floor, Unit 3,
Eurogate Business Park,
Kent, TN24 8XW

Tel: +44 (0)1233 754 600
Privacy & Cookies