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    • Guest Hypocrisy
      I have many friends and such in both the Rope Access World and the Offshore Oil Rig world.  In almost every case these people either dont smoke or dodge drug tests for their marijuana use.  I agree fully with drug testing for these types of jobs as I am a Safety First mentality kind of guy.  But seriously? all these same guys are snorting cocaine regularly and never get caught for it.  The hypocrisy of it all. This takes place all over North America (at very least)  and is done by people in all positions from Lv1 - Lv3, from Newbies to Drillers.  People losing their job for smoking marijuana off hours while others drink their face off and snort their nose off and then go to work the next day.  I dont care what the effects of the individual drugs are nor do I care how long the effects last, if anyone tries to tell me this is just, that doing cocaine after hours is fine for this type of work, I suggest they have their certification stripped from them.
    • Guest HangingAround
      I agree 100%  Thank you for your responses!
    • Polyrope doesn't behave in the same way as kernmantle when put under load or when used with typical rescue gear so it's use in that scenario would be very dubious. I'd be surprised if anyone could come up with a solution to that one. It's a shame that the companies in your region have such a low regard for the safety of their workers.
    • Guest HangingAround
      This is the response I have been given previous, which I came to the conclusion myself as well. I myself was put through a High Angle Rescue course and was asked to develop our rescue plan as a result but was unable to come up with a solution around the poly rope.  Was hoping maybe there was something I was not aware of that rope access technicians are. We do not use rope access techniques or equipment as it is not mandated to do so for our line of work in our location.  However I have made an attempt in the past to have at very least our safety lines switched over to kernmantle  as our main lines are and was dismissed as per the cost to switch over. In an ideal world Rope Access training should be required for any work at heights in which there is a danger of falling, and perhaps someday soon it will.  Unfortunately this type of work doesnt pay like Rope Access work and the price competition in our region is very competitive and tends to be plagued with low-ball companies doing work for peanuts. So there is no way to possibly pick-off the worker or switch his load onto a kernmantle rope?
    • You won't be able to get a rescue plan that would be reliable as your polyrope isn't load tested, is probably different diameters (therefore different load capacities). Why not use proper rope access techniques?

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