Many of you have likely heard that there is a new Lift Evacuation Guide being published. YES, it’s true. As with so many things, it is still a work in progress. We anticipate it will be published before year end. Having said that, we know most of you need information now. To that end, we have written a brief blog post describing a few essentials. Understand, this information is not all inclusive, but does cover some basic information to be aware of as you conduct Lift Evacuation.
Lift evacuation is likely one of, if not the most hazardous task an employee of a ski resort will perform even though it is not an inherently dangerous task. People safely work at height every day with an accident rate lower than that of driving an automobile. What makes the activities surrounding lift evacuation so dangerous is that it is a “Low Frequency, High Risk” task. Low frequency in that lifts do not break down regularly (if they are properly maintained). High risk in that there is often little time and frequency devoted to adequately train those engaged in the process of evacuating a lift. In short, it doesn’t happen often and neither does training for the event.
The intent of the manual in-process is to assist in the creation of a safe and comprehensive Lift Evacuation Plan (LEP). It is meant to help those not steeped in a rope rescue background to understand and adopt safe and commonly accepted techniques. This includes the planning process, applicable standards, best practices, acceptable required equipment and techniques, and training. It is important to note that the manual will not be all encompassing of every acceptable rescue practice. Rescue and work at height are often conducted under variable and dynamic environments.
This brief blog post is simply to apprise you of the current state of the new Lift Evacuation Guide and to offer some key information and recommendations regarding lift evacuation.
The ski industry has seen great changes in practices and regulations over the last few years. As such, standards created by ANSI and OSHA have very much come to the forefront of operations. Two key ANSI standards that everyone should be aware of are: B77.1 and Z359. If you don’t have copies of those standards, we suggest you visit the ANSI website and acquire them. Specific to those standards are the required use of autolocking carabiners and use of “life safety rope” with a breaking strength of not less than 5,000 pounds – also see OSHA 1910 and 1926. Generally speaking, any OSHA regulation will supersede other standards.
Another recommendation based upon commonly accepted practices is for the belayer wear at minimum a seat harness and use some form of auto-stopping belay device such as a Petzl I’d Evac or other similar. This ensures that if the belayer loses contact with the rope, the descent will auto-stop. the use of a Rope Saver or Line Belay device is also recommended.
A word on Rope Savers and Evac “T” Seats.
Rope Savers: As posted in previous blogs, inspect for abnormal wear, bending or burrs around the area of rope travel. Ensure that the Line Saver is free and clear of obstructions. If you are using a Line Belay, inspect the area where the belay is welded to the Line Saver. Any cracks or abnormalities should be reported to Cascade Rescue and the device "red tagged" until the device is professionally inspected and repaired or replaced.
If any Rope Savers have what appears to be a washer welded to the lower section, they should be retired. This is NOT a recall, but a recommendation from the manufacturer based upon the age of these devices as "rescue equipment" and the fact that many people are using them inappropriately. These were made over 20 years ago with the intent of using that point as an attachment point for a tag line. Since then, they have been inappropriately used as a belay point for a mechanical advantage system. These points are not rated for a "man load" and will fail. A Line Belay should be used if a mechanical advantage system is desired.
Chairlift Evacuation Seats - “T Seats” All chairlift evacuation seats made by Cascade Rescue Company should be inspected annually before use and after every use. The inspector should make sure there are no cracked welds, significant dents or deformations to the tubing or seat mounting plate. The screws and nuts that hold the seat to the seat mounting plate should be tight and free of rust and corrosion. Any Chair Lift Evacuation Seat that has a wooden base should be retired and replaced due to age, regardless of outward appearance.
That’s it for now. We appreciate your patience while we put the finishing touches to the new Lift Evacuation Guide. It is our intent to provide the best information in the most understandable format possible. In the meantime, please be patient and keep doing what Patrollers do best.
The Toboggan (And Everything Else) Summer Sale!
We’re doing something different this year and offering a way to save more on toboggans and almost EVERYTHING else.
Here's how it works
Orders over $1,000 receive a 10% discount
Orders over $1,500 receive a 15% discount
Orders over $2,000 receive a 20% discount
Orders over $3,000 receive a 25% discount
Do the math! It's pretty easy to see how your savings will stack up.
Terms and Conditions: Sale begins August 1st, 2019 and ends August 31st, 2019. All orders must be pre-paid by August 31st, 2019 to be eligible for Summer Sale discounts. Some exclusions apply: Maximum discount of 15% on CMC gear and Conterra vacuum mattresses. Orders may be placed via phone or email. Internet orders will not reflect Summer Sale discounts. Call us at 844-414-RESQ (7377)
Just a friendly reminder as everyone completes their annual equipment inspection of chair lift evacuation equipment. All chairlift evacuation seats made by Cascade Rescue Company should be inspected annually before use and after every use. The inspector should make sure there are no cracked welds, significant dents or deformations to the tubing or seat mounting plate. The screws and nuts that hold the seat to the seat mounting plate should be tight and free of rust and corrosion. Any Chair Lift Evacuation Seat that has a wooden base should be retired and replaced due to age, regardless of outward appearance.
Contest will run from 12AM Sept 1, 2018 to 12 AM November 1, 2018. Must be 18 years or older to win. Sterling Rope Employees, Sponsored Athletes, and Sterling Dealer Employees are not eligible to win. You don't need to be present to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. 1 entry per person, per week. Winner will be drawn Monday, November 5, 2018 and winner will be contacted via email. Winner has one week to respond and accept prize. Prizes will be shipped to valid North American addresses only.
All entries become the property of Sterling. Sterling reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including email submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
Sterling is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, Sterling may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Climbing is a potentially hazardous activity and cannot be made safe.
All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Sterling in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
Sterling Rope Company, Inc., 26 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME 04005, 207-282-2550, marketing@SterlingRope.com
The Annual Summer Sale is on! This year we're offering FREE SHIPPING on all toboggan orders. But wait - there's MORE! Take 20% off all Petzl and Sterling products ordered at the same time, AND 15% off of anything else ordered at the same time. If you want to save money, now is the time to do it!
T&C's - All orders must be placed between August 1st and August 31st and be paid for before September 1st, 2018. 20% discount applies to Petzl and Sterling products only. 15% discount applies only to all regular price items and does not apply to sale, pro-deal or close out items. Summer Sale toboggans (and other items ordered with toboggans) will begin shipping on a first come, first served basis in late September and October . Additional items added to toboggan orders may be shipped earlier upon request and availability. Shipping charges will apply. Free shipping applies to orders shipped within the continental US only.
Limited Time Offer-Better than Freedom FriesFrom July 1st through July 4th, we're offering $150 off on all Cascade Advance and Professional Series Litters and Trail Wheels. Even better, save 15% on everything ordered with these great products! This is a no-brainer. Summer is here and with that comes a variety of injuries requiring extrication. Be ready and save your team some money too.
We are often asked how to clean cloth products that have been contaminated with body fluids. While the rules are not absolute, this information does help with products made of nylon or similar.
The NFPA standard for cleaning rescue gear of blood borne pathogens calls for a solution of 60 ml of household bleach for every 4 liters of tap water or 1/4 cup per gallon. The item is soaked for 10 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed off. Alcohol can then be used to speed drying. The rinse would be very important to be sure the bleach doesn't damage the nylon over long time contact.
1) The concentration of bleach explained above is 1.5%.
2) NEVER use a higher concentration of bleach than stated above. Higher bleach concentrations are known to seriously damage nylon.
3) ALWAYS rinse the rope thoroughly after the 10 minute exposure to the bleach mixture.
4) After rinsing, allow the rope to dry in a cool dry place, but not in direct sunlight. The use of a fan to blow air across the rope can be used to speed the drying process. Do NOT lay the rope out on asphalt or concrete surfaces to dry.
Excerpt from DuPont Technical Information - Nylon - Bulletin N-161
It's not easy, but those of you who are familiar with ISO9000 know how tough the process can be. Yesterday we were granted "unconditional re-certification with no exceptions" as we transitioned from the 2008 standard to the new 2015 standard. The 2015 standard included many changes to how customer service should be handled as well as addressed many risk management issues.
If you're thinking about purchasing new gear - do you want to buy from a company who takes quality seriously and is willing to have an independent audit conducted every year on their quality and customer service, or someone who doesn't care enough or find quality and customer service important?
The Annual Summer Sale is back, but this time with a never heard of offer. As part of our 55th year anniversary celebration, every item ordered with your rescue toboggans during the summer sale qualifies for 15% off. We've never done this before! It's just our way of saying thanks for being loyal Cascade Rescue Company customers for so many years.
Here's the deal. Buy your rescue toboggans during the Summer Sale, add any regular price item to your order at the same time and get 15% off those items. This includes litters, trail wheels, rope, evac seats, rope savers - everything! You'd be crazy not to take advantage of this!
T&C's - All orders must be placed between August 1st and August 31st and be paid for before September 1st, 2017. 15% discount applies only to regular price items and does not apply to sale, pro-deal or close out items. Summer Sale toboggans will begin shipping in late September and October on a first come, first served basis. Additional items added to toboggan orders may be shipped earlier upon request and availability. Shipping charges will apply.
The Equalizer is a product long past its due. We've worked on this project on and off for the last five or six years. Always with some varying degree of success, but never entirely satisfactory. We have a pile of destroyed or abandoned prototypes in the corner to prove it. Try and try again, we've finally got it! Field tested and approved by some of our most demanding customers, the Equalizer passed all the tests. It's light, fits all Cascade Litters and some other popular brands and its handles articulate into 24 different positions. The Equalizer truly changes the manpower required to perform remote rescue.