Is going Over The Edge safe?
Absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Further to this, our policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes. To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.
Who will be setting up the rappel gear and what qualifications do they have?
All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. We also rely on the help of volunteers from local fire departments, SWAT teams and AMGA Guides to assist with the ropes. All have extensive training in areas like rope rescue and/or are instructors in rope rescue or climbing.
How old are the ropes? When are they inspected and by whom?
The Over the Edge technical team regularly orders new ropes. They are inspected by the OTE qualified technical staff at the start and end of each event. During the event, safety checks are performed for each person before they rappel, and every 2 1/2 hours the team re-inspects all the rigging.
Do I get to practice before the big rappel?
Yes! You will have the opportunity to rappel from a lesser height before you make your way to the roof for your big rappel. This practice rappel is usually done off a parking deck or other small structure. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building!