Participants complete rope access training course
The KwaZulu-Natal High Altitude Team (HAT ) held its rope access training from 20 February to 3 March 2017 at Shongweni Dam in Durban.
Training was conducted by the High Angle Rope Access Training Company. This training must be refreshed every two years to cover any changes to the technician and certification scheme that occurred since the previous assessment.
“We work on mountains regularly removing alien invasive plants. This is why rope access training for participants is so vital. It is also important for them to know the latest developments within the field to be safe,” says
HAT Regional Manager, Henry Nene. The training covered tying different types of safety knots, rope transfer, search and rescue, anchoring, fall arrest, mapping and how to handle equipment.
“All these exercises are imperative for rope technicians to know in case of emergencies during their daily production. Knowing where to anchor your rope ensures that when you descend down a mountain the structure can support the weight of your body or a colleague in the case of an accident,” says Nene.
All 25 participants passed the rope access training and are ready to save our water and our indigenous trees by removing harmful alien plants.
“I am very proud of all the participants that were part of the training. Some had never even touched a rope before, but they were eager to learn and passed,” says Nene.