The Australian Rope Access Association (ARAA) is Australia's national industry body for rope access. Overseas, there are other industry associations including IRATA (UK) and SPRAT (US/Canada).
There are three levels of rope access technician, and this week, we have a bunch of guys trying their hardest to achieve the pinnacle of the trade - the coveted level 3!
In order to pass their assessment on Friday, the guys will have to flawlessly perform a series of extremely complex rescues such as rescuing a patient through a loop traverse, as well as hauling systems to move objects and themselves through three dimensional space and so forth. There's heaps to remember, and one missed connection can mean a FAIL!
Feel the pressure, boys!!
Level 1 – Basic Operator
The Level 1 has the skills to safely work within a variety of safety systems employed in Industrial Rope Access under the direct supervision of a Level 2 or Level 3 supervisor.
Level 2 – Basic Site Supervisor
An intermediate qualification incorporating the skills required to safely employ and supervise rope access activities for vertical only works in an urban environment, and to work in a supporting role to Level 3 supervisors on complex work sites.
*N.B. ‘Vertical only’ works can be those defined as sites where it is possible to lower an injured worker directly to the ground or a suitable landing, and where diversion anchors (creating a maximum deflection of 20°) are used along the fall of the rope. No knots or re-anchoring points may be employed along the falls of rope i.e. simple retrieval methods are adequate.
Level 3 – Advanced Site Supervisor
An advanced qualification that is required for a team leader where complex works such as traverses, lead climbing, work over water or confined spaces are required. Will have more experience in rescue planning and in documentation of works. Note that sites where numerous other trades and operating plant and equipment are present (building sites, refineries, power stations etc) are automatically a complex site and require a Level 3 Supervisor.
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