There are various situations in which you could recognise the potential usefulness of rope access. Those includes wanting a thorough inspection of a bridge or other structure that you suspect might have become damaged in a vital spot, noticing that some bulbs have gone out in awkward-to-reach lighting, or seeking to better promote your company through the high-level placement of a sign. However, you could still have questions, like those listed below, concerning rope access.

What is rope access?

A fantastic source of rope access-related information and resources, Rope Access USA defines rope access as “a system of working at height where access is gained to the job site using ropes and related equipment”. The site adds that rope access is “considered a safe, quick and cost-effective method for accessing difficult locations”.

Why use rope access?

It could be said that we have already started answering this question. However, why should rope access be chosen over alternative access techniques like using ladders, scaffolding or mobile elevating platforms? One major reason is that, by arranging for qualified rope access technicians to carry out the work on your behalf, there is often a significantly lower level of risk.

This is largely due to not only the technicians’ experience and know-how, but also the fewer pieces of machinery and equipment that are typically necessary for the job. Sidewalk obstruction and workplace impact can also be reduced to an easily appreciable extent. The overall result can be a project that is completed in less time, with more safety and at less expense.

What can rope access be used for?

The range of purposes to which rope access can be put is vast. They include repairing masonry, maintaining and inspecting high-level façades, repairing and maintaining sealant, and installing signs and banners. All of these methods, and many others, can be used by our own rope access technicians. You can click here to see a more comprehensive list of services that they can deliver.

Is the rope access industry regulated?

Globally, rope access is regulated by IRATA International, otherwise named the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association. On the IRATA website’s Aims & Objectives page, the organisation declares that its mission includes promoting and maintaining high standards, work quality and safety in rope access and promoting continuous enhancement in all of rope access’s aspects.

It is in your interest to ensure that, when you seek an external provider of rope access services, you look for one that employs IRATA qualified rope access technicians. Thankfully, here at SAS Rope & Rail, we have a team of such technicians. Furthermore, core personnel here regularly undertake intensive training to enhance their abilities to recognise and avert potential hazards.

These aren’t the only ways in which we have endeavoured to protect safety. We are also RISQS Approved & Registered and have picked up accreditation from SafeContractor and Constructionline. Our comprehensive safety plan and use of an independent Health and Safety Consultant can also fuel your confidence that we are truly a reliable and safety-conscious rope access contractor.


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