Fisk Descenders

Fisk Descenders

Fisk Descenders are components of a rope descent systems commonly used in work positioning and rescue operations. For descent applications,  the Fisk Descender is used as part of a complete descent and personnel riding system. A descent application configuration typically includes a full body harness, boatswain’s chair or workseat, independent personal fall protection system, and the Fisk Descender with working line.  For rescue applications, the Fisk Descender is used as part of a complete rescue system which would typically include a full body harness or rescue sling, anchorage connector (i.e. carabiner) and the Fisk Descender with working line.


Design Considerations

  • Simple and easy use descent control system
  • Designed for durability, thermal capacity and smooth flow
  • Gentle flow for 19' of working line to pass through the descender
  • Large radius allows for smoother descent
  • Reduced working line wear
  • Reduction in rope hockling and torsional twist
  • 304 stainless steel construction for maximum service life
  • OSHA compliant

OSHA Regulations

  • Rescue and Descent
    • 1926.502(d) 'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(20) The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.

Did You Know?

All guardrail that is protecting an opening or leading edge must be able to support 200 pounds on the top rail and 150 pounds on the midrail in any direction?