As we all know… a single person can’t win the world. Well, one person did, but other than he, we need a ton of help to shift things. In rescue, culture plays a huge roll as to how systems and techniques play out. Not sure about that statement? Compare climbing, with mountain rescue. Fire service with industrial access. Arborist work with all other “at height performances”. They all change and evolve at different rates. Safety and information doesn’t really ever start to play out until a trend is in effect. How does a trend start to roll… Culture. When a mind-shift occurs, atmospheres start to move. Rescue, techniques and gear is no different.
Physics should lead the cheer for what is and isn’t safe. Practicality and efficiency are not always the same dance partners. Heck, we even throw around the term “productivity” as being something we want to attain. The question that should be asked prior to that is WHY. Why do you want to be productive? Why is efficiency necessary? How would you know if productivity was achieved if you didn’t know what that looked like?
You might be a bit offended by this, but if you can’t logically answer the question of WHY first and define it, then there is a problem lurking around that will never be addressed.
The ICS Haulerbiner (as an example) is not itself A NEW OPPORTUNITY as much as it is a BETTER SOLUTION for its intended purpose. The Haulerbiner is compact pulley system with tremendous leverage. However, the question here is… does it meet your requirements? Now before you answer this question… understand there is an entire mini physics text book being showcased in this video… but it never addresses the “solution to your problem”… Unless you happen to recognize the solution as you watch it.
Here is the product information from our site. The HaulerBiner has three pulley wheels incorporated into each Karabiner, creating a compact and lightweight 6:1 or 7:1 (theoretical) Mechanical Advantage system. The HaulerBiner also has a purpose-designed progress capture cam with, an ‘on/off’ position. The HaulerBiner utilises purpose-developed 6mm (1/4″) rope, for strength and easy handling/best grip. The kit is supplied in a two-pouch bag, for easy deployment.
The HaulerBiner is load rated to 140kg (310lbs) but it has an MBS of at least 16kN/3500lbs tested as a complete system. Kits are available in three standard lengths; 105cm (41″), 165cm (65″) or 300cm (118″), with custom lengths available on request. The length of the system, when fully contracted is only 32cm (12″)!
However… this information doesn’t do anything for you unless you know what you want and why you want it.
- Question 1 Why is a 6:1 or 7:1 MA necessary?
- Question 2 Will having a system with a 6:1 MA and project capture capabilities save me time, energy or human resources (money)?
- Question 3 Products like this are using cord that is not approved… can I use this small cord?
- Question 4 Can I justify any one product for only one use?
- Question 5 Can I justify any one product if it has multiple uses?
Well, I can’t answer any of these questions for you… specifically. But I can in general…
- Does it really matter?
- Yes and No
- Yes and No
The bottom line is that you have to know what you are solving so you can answer all of the above questions. Over the following few months, we’ll be addressing all of these and more. I will say this though, it all comes down to safe practices and never is a rescue straightforward or text book when a human being is on the line. If you understand physics enough, you’ll be able to apply logic to systems that otherwise may not make sense. However, if you dwell in a culture that throws logic and proof out the window “simply because”… you have a larger problem… and this is what you might start trying to “solve for”.
NOTE… We can help with this. Nothing is ever unsolvable! 🙂
Are you trying to solve for any of these?
•A pick-off system for smaller technicians.
•A General Compact 6:1 or 7:1 (theoretical) MA that is super easy to carry and answers the weight problem.
•D4/D2 Descender, as part of a short-haul / long-lower system.
•As a tensioning system for short/low load lines.
•As a stretcher management device, using two or more HaulerBiners to easily change or adjust the orientation of the stretcher.
Peace on your days…