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  1. ROPES COURSE ACTIVITY MAINTENANCE

    Most challenge course elements built on or between utility poles are designed to be low-maintenance. Courses and elements built in or between trees will require a significant amount of maintenance (more with each passing year).  Some general maintenance issues are outlined below.

     

    CABLE CLAMPS / FIST GRIPS

    Cable clamps should not need to be moved or adjusted in most situations. Cable clamps, however, do need to have a minimum of three exposed threads. If you notice a cable clamp has less than three threads showing, tighten the nuts with a ¾” socket wrench to. Do not remove the clamp or adjust its position.

     

    BOLTS

    As a result of utility poles drying, the nuts on the 5/8” bolts (eyebolts, thimble eyebolts, machine bolts, timber bolts, etc.) may loosen and will need to be tightened. Nuts should never be removed, simply tightened. Be careful to never over-tighten a bolt or strip the threads on a bolt or nut.

     

    WOOD SURFACES

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  2. LAWS AND REGULATIONS WHEN PERFORMING ROPES COURSE AND ZIP LINE INSPECTIONS

    Intrastate Business

    An out of state LLC or corporation conducting business in another state must qualify to do business in that state – Foreign Corporation

    u  Sales of goods or services (some states require registration for on-line stores)

    u  Providing services or labor (inspections, training, maintenance)

    u  Construction work

    Most states exempt the following activities:

    u  Mail order and telephone sales when it is the only type of transaction the company engages in within that state

    u  Sales conducted through independent contractors in that state

    u  Appearances in court, mediation, or arbitration for the company in that state

    Qualifying for Doing Business Out of State

    Every state has different guidelines, but qualification usually requires a company:

    u   to complete the required paperwork

    u  pay a fee

    u  designate a registered agent-- either an individual or a compan

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  3. Is My Climbing Equipment Appropriate for Industrial Fall Protection?

    Whenever someone is attempting to access an area at height, it’s always important to use some appropriate fall protection.  And even though there are significant differences between the equipment requirements for recreation, sport and workplace safety applications, it’s always helpful to have a clear understanding of why some equipment is best applied to one circumstance, but never applied to another one.

    Since rock climbers are regularly exposing themselves to dangerous heights, they understand that they need to use specialized safety equipment to prevent serious injury. But, when people are at work and they are in an industrial setting, the heights and nature of their height hazards are different because they are focused on the job that they need to do, instead of the rock climber who is at height for pleasure. Since the workplace is a different environment, people in the workplace require other types of fall protection equipment.  

    Rock climbers adhere to the

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  4. CHALLENGE COURSE INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION

    Program managers and facilitators should consider becoming members of the following organizations. They have been at the forefront of developing and maintaining recommended policies and procedures for challenge courses, climbing gyms, climbing gym construction, equipment use, storage and retirement, as well as staff training and supervision. All of the organizations below maintain a membership and distribute a newsletter or written standards to all members.ESIbuilds, trains and inspects to the standards set by these organizations.

     

    Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)

    Challenge Course Builders, Challenge Course Managers and Facilitators

    ACCT is the largest and oldest trade association serving the challenge course community and has been at the forefront in the development of written standards and guidelines for the construction, operation, inspection, training, and certification of challenge courses high and low, indoors and

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  5. Harness Based Belay System

    Technique

    Start by holding your brake hand palm-down with your thumb toward the belay device and your feeding hand thumb toward the climber (Image 1.). As the climber climbs upward, pull down on the “live end” of the rope with your left hand and through the belay device with your right hand, hands should be working in unison (image 2.). At the end of each pull of the rope, immediately pull your brake hand back down to the brake position (image 3.). Now move your feeding hand from the climber’s side of the rope to the brake side, grasping the rope just beyond your brake hand, where it serves temporarily as a back-up brake. Next, slide your brake hand back up the rope. Return your feeding hand to the starting position, and repeat the sequence.

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  6. Four Reasons People Don't Use Fall Protection

    OSHA requires workers to use fall protection when working at a height of four feet or higher for general industry. This requirement is intended to protect workers in the event of a fall, but many people will find reasons to avoid using fall protection.

    Unfortunately, these reasons often seem valid in the moment, but they can have severe consequences. Here are some common reasons people don’t use fall protection, and why those reasons aren’t sufficient for the risk.

    1. It’s Uncomfortable

    This reason is a simple one that people commonly identify as a legitimate excuse for choosing not to use fall protection. Uncomfortable equipment can be distracting and interfere with work, and fall protection harnesses aren’t necessarily designed for comfort. However, fall protection can save a worker’s life in the event of a fall, and it should be worn at all times, even if it isn’t perfectly comfortable. Additionally, many high-quality harnesses are intended to reduce d

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  7. Four Features to Look for When Selecting a Full Body Harness

    The full body harness is perhaps the most common piece of equipment in the industrial fall-protection industry, but its use in challenge ropes courses is still unknown by many. A harness is a necessity for any participant or worker on a ropes course.

    Over the years, harnesses have evolved from a set of basic webbing straps sewn together to catch the human form, to a carefully designed, all-inclusive safety device that has made playing and working at heights a safer endeavor. The availability of upgrades has grown significantly during this evolution, and nowadays users can pick and choose all aspects of a harness to befit their specific programmatic needs.

    So how does a person decipher the options and determine what harness is best for them? Ideally, it’s wise to consult a challenge course professional if you’re unsure as to which harness properly addresses your needs. In the event you need a quick reference guide, however, there are six features to consider: padding, buc

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  8. ROPES COURSE, ZIP LINE AND ADVENTURE PARK FALL PROTECTION ANCHOR POINTS

    Anchors

    Standard fall protection anchor points must be capable of supporting a downward force of at least 5,000 lbs. per person attached. Exceptions would include Leading Edge Anchor Points used for climbing in a leading edge environment such as cable grab systems and  LEAD anchors.

    Leading Edge Fall Protection Anchors

    Leading edge fall protection anchor points shall be capable of supporting a downward vertical load of at least 2,500 lbs. (11.1 kN) per person attached. This would include both cable grabs and LEAD Anchors.

     

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