OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 41 Work Requiring Rope Access

Section 816 Same diameter of rope

Having rope of the same diameter allows for worker self-rescue because ascenders, descenders and other hardware are compatible with either rope. If the working and safety lines are inadvertently reversed, rope adjustment hardware will be unaffected and continue to function properly. While it is recognized that laid ropes are sometimes being used as the safety line in combination with standard industrial rope grabs, doing so limits or altogether prevents a worker from performing self-rescue. The ability to perform self-rescue is considered to be a key element of occupational rope access work.