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The definition of rope access is, on the face of it, straightforward. On its website, IRATA International describes its rope access system as “a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the workplace, and to be supported there.” However, you would need to look much closer at rope access – such as by reading the rest of this article – to learn much more about the advantages of turning to rope access specialists.

They can reach awkward and otherwise inaccessible places

The Guardian calls many buildings’ places, angles and drops “decidedly inaccessible” – despite the original intentions for these buildings to be used by humans. The site also cites rope access specialists as “often the best answer to a question architecture sometimes forgets to ask: how will this be maintained?” It hasn’t been unheard-of for an organisation to, for instance, spend millions of pounds on lights without providing a way for them to be accessed if the bulbs go.

However, rope access specialists can be useful in many different settings

We hope that we haven’t painted rope access technicians as catering for strictly a niche need. Rats, to use one nickname for them, can work in various places. This certainly applies to members of IRATA, an organisation with which Rats here at SAS Rope & Rail have become qualified. IRATA lists various places where these members can, today, be seen working – including “the world’s great iconic buildings, both old and new, as well as your local city centre or industrial complex”.

These specialists can work without impacting the public in the process

While you might have occasionally seen Rats pinned to towering buildings as you have gone about one routine or another, a lot of the time, rope access technicians really are both out of sight and out of mind. Adam Garre, who left a job as a tradesman to work in rope access, told The Guardian of the experience when “the world is going by and no one knows you’re there.”

The environment also won’t be adversely affected

Rope access specialists know how to work in a manner that minimises negative effects on the surrounding area. IRATA explains that, with rope access techniques, the main objective is to “plan, manage and carry out the work with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences”. There should be “no damage to property or harm to the environment”, IRATA adds.

Our rope access specialists are IRATA qualified

This really isn’t to be overlooked. This is largely because being IRATA qualified means that our rope access technicians buy into IRATA’s philosophy of effectiveness that minimally impacts other operations or the area close to where the Rats are working. You can click here for a detailed rundown of rope access services that our rope access technicians can provide. Those services include, but are certainly not limited to, repairing masonry, installing banners and signage and painting. You can learn more by phoning us on 01793 644 908.

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