What is Rope Access?
Rope access is the use of specialized rope techniques to place workers in hard-to-reach locations in the vertical environment. Rope access techniques can be applied to a wide variety of environments—from confined space penstocks to massive concrete structures to complicated steel installations. Unlike traditional access methods, custom rope access solutions can be designed to fit various situations quickly and efficiently.
Modern rope access equipment, techniques, supervision, and training are combined to produce an exceptionally safe and efficient way to solve vertical access problems. By providing access for difficult to reach areas, we are able to save our clients time and money in comparison to traditional access methods.
- Rope access technicians are independently trained and certified through SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) every 3 years, including high angle rescue procedures.
- All business is conducted in accordance with OSHA regulations. SPRAT membership provides access to the latest rope access standards, equipment, and tools.
- Excellent safety record with no fatalities and few lost time incidents.
- Technicians work from 2 ropes—a working rope and a safety rope. Each rope is individually anchored, and the technician is permanently attached to both.
- A minimum of 2 technicians are required for all rope access work, enabling mutual surveillance.
- Rope access is statistically safer than scaffolds and uses fewer workers.
- Rope systems can be removed from the job site at the end of each shift, leaving the structure secure from potential vandalism.
Cost Saving Benefits
- Access provisions can be a significant portion of any project’s cost. Rope access provides quick and direct access, eliminating the need for costly staging and heavy equipment.
- Rope systems are installed and dismantled quickly and often require fewer personnel than traditional access methods. Disruptions to facility operations and downtime are minimized.
- By using minimal motor-based equipment and machinery, rope access allows for nominal disruptions in foot and auto traffic and minimizes exhaust fumes and noise.
- Rope systems are unobtrusive and minimize disruption to public access. This can be especially important when historical structures need to retain visual integrity during inspections or maintenance.
- With little impact at ground level, rope access allows other trades to continue working, thus preventing the expensive site shutdowns and road closures that are caused by scaffolding and other traditional access methods.