FISK Videos – Now you can tell me what is wrong!

OK, someone told me that I should have written a post pointing out everything that was wrong with these videos. Well, I am traveling this week so I am going to turn it over to you. Send me feedback, tell me which video you’re talking about, they all have titles or list a number, and tell me what you think is wrong.

It’s your call, your chance to get this off your chest!

I thought this week I would show some videos of tower climbers using the FISK.

That is all! Be smart, be safe, and pay attention!

1) Climbing and Repelling in Little Rock AFB

2) Fisk Descender with Red rope.

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3) DBI Sala Fisk Descender Instructional Video

4) How to use Fisk / Control Descent / Light load

So remember to be smart, be safe, and pay attention to what you’re doing! Make a plan, follow the plan but don’t be afraid to adapt, improvise, and overcome your obstacles!

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 Be smart, be safe, and pay attention! Follow your plan but don’t be afraid to adapt, improvise, and overcome your obstacles!

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  1. I have a question about a grillion, first do think they are safe for tower work and is it important that a person should be trained to properly operate the device before sending them up a tower to perform his or her duties ?


    • Hi Duane,
      By the way, I am going to call it a Grillon, although from what I see it is called a Grillion and Grillon. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
      First off, you should be trained properly for any equipment you are using. I get this question all the time and training is essential of you are working with PPR. So if your asking if you should be trained properly on the equipment you are using, most definitely yes! Whether is is a Grilon, Fisk, Petzl ID, or even a safety harness. Anyone working at height should be properly trained on all of their gear.Everyone should practice using their gear before stepping on a tower, anyone! Anyone should be properly trained prior to going more than 10′ up on a tower.
      Now, do I like the Grillon? I think if you know what you are doing, if you do the proper inspections every time before you use it, and if it is suitable for the work you are doing, then yes, it is OK for the work. I have seen people use them, although I have not, and they seem to really like them. The key is the weight load and knowing how to use it. I used them a few times and for me it was a distraction more than anything, I didn’t have a real need for them. I used them for positioning mostly, which I prefer to do with fixed lanyards.I always get leery of anything mechanical because after heavy usage it could fail, if not maintained properly. The other thing that made me nervous is the fact that if I had heavy weight on my body, like strapping an RRH to my back, it might slip faster, but that was probably in my head.
      Petzl has a video at which covers the Grillon quite well.


  2. Wade;
    If I had an injured worker on a tower without a winch line it, I would climb the tower with a rope, hang the rope over a member, preferably a round member, and then I would take a round turn over the member and attach the short end of the rope to the injured workers harness. I would then take out all the slack between the man and the member and pull up a bight in long end and dog it off with a couple of half hitches. After unhooking the injured man, I would untie the half hitches and gently lower the man to the ground. If you take a round turn on the member, it takes little effort to hold the weight of a man on a rope. If I screw up doing this, at least I only kill one man, whereas if I screw up while rappelling, I kill two.
    Richard Bell


    • Richard,
      This is really a good outline, I will share it on a future blog post. When I did controlled descent I didn’t worry about failure. I felt very confident pulling someone off the tower. We would do it at least once a month and I never had an issue. I would try to pull heavier guys down and when you practice you are well prepared. If it were possible to lower the man to the ground, I think it is the better way to go. To lower them in a controlled and safe fashion, helping them safely to the ground. If someone is on the ground to help them it would be even better.
      Thank you!


  3. These fisk videos are atrocious. Absolutely bad examples. And all these men need to be shown how the devices are properly used. Including the proper use of your safety.. sketchy.


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