Tips & Tools — Tips

Tip: Harness Safety Inspection

Posted by Ben Haase on

We do not have to tell you how important the harness is for the safety of your adventure park customers and staff.  This is why it is crucial that every harness be inspected before each use.   How do you inspect your harnesses? Inspect webbing by creating a "U" shaped bend and sliding your hands along its length while looking for cuts and abrasions, broken or frayed stitching, and chemical damage. Inspect buckles for loose or frayed attachments or distortion of the buckle.  Tongue buckles should be free of sharp edges and distortion in shape or motion.     Friction buckles should...

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Tip: Rope Care and Inspection

Posted by Keren Warner on

Ropes are used all throughout climbing activities including in aerial adventure parks and on zip line tours. The application might range from providing a loop to step on to being the lifeline for an assist device. Ropes used for life safety applications, like in a Mark Elephant, need to be cared for and inspected regularly. Here are a few pointers to follow to make sure your rope will be ready when you need it. Rope Care:   Avoid stepping on rope and using it in dirt filled environments. The dirt can work its way into a rope and degrade it...

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Vendor Tip: Annual Equipment Inspection & Re-certification

Posted by Ben Haase on

Throughout aerial adventure parks, zip line tours, and other high adventure courses there are various life safety devices. These devices can include SRLs, auto-belay units, and static-belay lanyards like the Bornack SSB. Most of these units require annual re-certification from their vendor or authorized service centers. As the end of the climbing season approaches it is best to start planning to send these units to the appropriate service centers. During planning parks should: Contact vendors/service centers to schedule re-certification Obtain and fill-out service forms including return address You can note odd behavior of a unit on the form Package items...

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Client Tip: Make Inventory Easy

Posted by Ben Haase on

We often get comments and tips from our customers, here an adventure park writes: "As the busy summer climbing season winds down we start to think about preparations for the winter. This includes taking down mechanical equipment used in the park, packing away some of our inventory, and sending units out for annual inspections. Even though equipment comes with their own serial numbers from the manufacturer, we use an engraver to put our own number on them. This helps us keep track of our inventory more easily and identifies our units when they go out to service centers. We use...

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