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What is Rope Access, and how can it benefit yourself?


What is Rope Access, and how can it benefit you from using it?

If you are not already aware, rope access is a technique which is still not widely known and is not used everywhere. This is mainly because people do not truly understand the advantages it has over conventional methods of access. Most businesses require inspections, maintenance and surveying done on a regular basis to ensure the safety and long stability of their structures, and is why we want to remove the confusion and lay down the basics so you can make your own decision on whether rope access is well suited for you and your business and be your new route to access in the future.

What is it?

In its simplest form, rope access is a technique which helps gain access to difficult to reach locations without the need of expensive and sometimes time-consuming alternatives like scaffolding and cradle systems. It does not only provide the essential access but also allows for a diverse range of specialist work to be undertaken on the structure, usually only possible through conventional means. The average day for a rope access technician entails ascending, descending and traversing with ropes, each attached to equipment essential for completing the job.

Is it safe?

When it comes to safety, rope access is one of the safest methods to use. It has complex safety procedures which aim to minimalize the risks of damage and danger to the team, as well as ensuring the safety of people below. To ensure this is the case, there are always at least two technicians on the job at the same time to ensure if one is in trouble there is always someone else there to respond to the incident. Each specialist is attached by at least two independent points, with separate anchors to maximise security in case one fails in an unlikely situation. Furthermore, all ropes and equipment are regularly inspected and maintained as well as being the specialist and high-quality equipment. Also because every tool is attached via a lanyard, it removes the risks of it potentially dropping and causing damage or create a danger to people below.  If that wasn’t enough to convince you the safety of rope access, each technician is regularly trained and individually assessed by IRATA ensuring all technicians meet industry standards.

Where can it be used?

When it comes to versatility rope access is a brilliant method to carry out tasks in a wide range of difficult to reach locations ranging from railways, industrial plants, high rise structures, dams and wind turbines. No matter what project you are doing, and how difficult the access is, chances are rope access will be the solution for you as its potential uses are inexhaustive.

What can It be used for?

The main uses for rope access are to provide specialist at height services like inspections, maintenance, installations and surveying and can provide an array of services such as; painting, coating, glazing, window cleaning, and endless other potential uses.

How can it benefit you?

Now I bet you are now wondering, how can rope access benefit you? Well its simple, understand its benefits and decide for yourself. Firstly, it is by far the quickest and most reliable way of gaining access because it does not require any static infrastructure like scaffolding, which usually takes weeks if not months to set up. Also, rope access is far more cost efficient meaning it is the cheapest way to gain access and requires far less manpower than other means. It is also a sustainable solution with far less noise pollution ensuring your business can be open as usual. So… if you like to save money, get the job done quicker as well as keeping your customers and staff happy and doing your little bit for the planet, then rope access may just be the solution for you.

If you have any queries or think rope access may be a good fit to solve your problems do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to help in any way possible.