An investigation into items of equipment used for work at height in industrial rope access and arboriculture. Techniques and equipment used in these areas have evolved rapidly in the last 15 years, opening up new working methods which are being deployed in equally rapidly expanding areas. The investigation comprises tests and evaluations of ropes and associated items such as lanyards, cow's tails, termination and other knots, and rope protectors. It proceeds to look at items of equipment which are attached to working and safety ropes to allow movement in all directions along them. These so-called rope adjustment devices include back-up devices, ascenders and descenders.
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