New blast hood for rope access workers

Specialist equipment adapted for rope access abrasive blasting

The new hood and cape means rope access equipment can be operated without hindrance. Photo supplied by manufacturer.
The new hood and cape means rope access equipment can be operated without hindrance. Photo supplied by manufacturer.

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RBG Middle East has developed a modified blast hood and cape specifically for staff involved in rope access abrasive blasting.

The Apollo 600 hood has been improved to help rope access workers get the most out of the respiratory protection equipment. It has an area in the cape that allows rope access equipment to move, and it also has internal linings that restrict the movement of the hood while working. This means the operator retains visibility while ascending, descending and during abrasive blasting blasting operations.

Primarily developed for the oil and gas industry, the hood is also a vital piece of equipment for anyone involved in rope access operations that require head and eye protection.

Robert Grainger, RBG Technical Manager, said: “Modifying the Apollo 600 blast hood is a direct result of feedback from abrasive blasting operatives regarding the compatibility of RPE and rope access equipment. The modified blast hood and cape will not only enhance the safety of rope access technicians but will significantly improve visibility and movement during rope access abrasive blasting.”

Neil Scragg, Hodge Clemco industrial sales manager, said: “We have worked in conjunction with RBG to develop the most suitable product for the market. We believe that the rope access cape used with the Apollo helmet and flame retardant blast suit offers the highest level of protection for wet and dry blasting in addition to rope access work. “

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