The ProPad+ is a heavy duty rope protector that is suited to the demands of the outdoor activity industry. Thick natural fibre matting protects ropes against sharp edges typically found at the top of crags, railway bridges, and other sites suitable for abseiling and top-roping. A replaceable wear pad increases the ProPad+’s longevity, and helps it withstand the heavy use of large group sessions.
The ProPad+ can be installed on-rope, or attached to the edge itself for increased predictability and protection.
Technicians should always ensure precautions are taken to prevent damage to anchor lines when they are in use. Hazards such as sharp edges, abrasive surfaces, corrosive substances and heat sources are common in the workplace and may damage ropes which may come into contact with them or close proximity.
Wherever possible, any hazard that could cause damage to the anchor lines should be removed. Technicians should utilise the hierarchical approach when identifying rope protection and edge management methodology, which prioritises the removal of hazards before considering avoidance through rigging methods or mitigation through rope protection.