Rope access is thought of as one of the most efficient ways to complete a variety of work, ranging from building maintenance to railway bridge inspections. However, due to it being a highly skilled trade and containing potential hazards, it’s necessary that we implement certain techniques throughout – this aids us in making sure that the work is completed in a safe manner, as well as all tasks being completed to the highest possible standard. Here are five of the main techniques that we use when carrying out rope access work:
This is used for two main reasons: safety and precision. If you remain attached at two points then the likelihood of danger is dramatically reduced and you’re able to move in a more direct manner. At SAS Rope and Rail, safety is incredibly important to us – our workers are integral to our company.
This technique is only used when necessary. It is required when there will be some degree of free falling – fall arrest makes sure that this is kept to a minimum. This is usually done by keeping a check on the safety equipment that one of our workers is using, such as making sure their helmet is worn at all times and keeping the harness attached at certain points. This will mean that they’ll remain vertical.
Ascending and descending the rope are necessary skills for anyone wanting to work within the rope access business, though the techniques for doing so are often updated. Learning how to ascend the rope is taught early on within training and, just as Newton said, what goes up must go down. Learning both techniques are of immeasurable importance within the industry.
For obvious reasons, this is a vital component of rope access. This is also taught early on to those wanting to work within the rope access business, having to be known to pass Level One of the IRATA Certification Scheme. There are an incredible number of different knots that our workers need to, and do, know how to complete, each aiding them to successfully complete their work on your buildings to the highest possible standard. As the trade of rope access develops, more and more different ways to tie knots are coming out – we make sure that our workers remain up to date with the newest techniques.
This technique is not always employed but is occasionally done so, especially when it comes to working on rooftops or when there is confined space to work. Again, this technique is used mainly for safety – those working are at far less of a risk of falling when this system is in place. If someone were to fall, it would reduce the distance during a fall arrest greatly, ensuring their safety throughout the work.