Incidents and accidents to prove the Shunt unsafe, please.

Hello. Thank you for your interest in and dedication to safety for rope access technicians. I have been working professionally with rock climbing for more than 30 years and with rope access for more than ten years and am presently a SPRAT, level III technician and evaluator. During these years, I have learned the importance of systematically learning from incidents and accidents. During all the years with professional rope access, I have thus actively been implementing and using an incident reporting system, involving ao. annual meetings with all certified personal to make sure, that all that has been changed and updated due to the experienes, learned from the incident reports, is being passed back on to the rope access technicians. This also helps to keep the rope access technicians motivated to keep on reporting incidents and thus continually improve both safety as such and the incident reporting system, that we have in place. Also, I am working on getting this or a similar incident reporting system implemented in SPRAT, as I believe, that it is arguably the single most important action that could be taken to keep on improving safety and to help keep technicians vigilant and alert. In spite of all this work, I have not heard of any incidents or accidents, that could be attributed to the use of the shunt as a back-up device for rope access. However, in your new statement on the use of the Petzl Shunt as a back-up device for rope access, you state, that the new statement to stop using the Petzl Shunt, while being towed by a cord, as a back-up device in rope access is ao. made “In the light of incidents and accidents...”. To be able to understand the nature and seriousness of the problem and certainly also to make fair assessments on an informed background of what to do or possibly change in the future, we ask you to inform us, which specific incidents and accidents, that you refer to in relation to the use of the Shunt as a back-up device for rope access being a safety problem? Please be specific and point us to the relevant incident- and accident reports, so we can get a realistic chance of making informed choices, before changing a hitherto seemingly safe and wellproved procedure. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely Christian Almer


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