Rope Access is a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the work position, and to be supported there.
The advantage of using rope access methods mainly lies in the safety and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations in order to carry out their work, often with minimal impact on other operations, surrounding areas and the environment. Another major benefit is the reduction of the combination of the total man-hours and perceived level of risk for a particular task (man-at-risk hours) when compared with other means of access and their associated risks and costs.
The primary objective when using rope access methods is to carry out the work efficiently, with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences. In order to ensure a safe system of work is maintained at all times, whilst avoiding damage to property or harm to the environment, careful planning and documented risk assessments are undertaken for each operation.
All our rope access staff are IRATA trained, which is the highest standard of training available to rope access technicians. IRATA are constantly updating and reviewing the training syllabus and safe systems of work, which has made them the recognised governing body of rope access for industrial use.The IRATA International’s two-rope, fail-to-safe method of working has solved many access problems around the world, with an outstanding safety record!
LRES UK Specialist Projects build their safe system of work documents and procedures in line with those of an IRATA member company, ensuring all rope access procedures are up to date and the best that they could possibly be.
Rope Access began its life by providing teams to inspect, maintain, repair and renovate the offshore platform. This was in answer to the companies operating these rigs who had found other means of access to be of limited use in the offshore environment, with their structures and machinery taking up too much of the limited space available; and at times prejudicing the whole safety regime of the rig, including emergency evacuation.
It was not long before the international oil and gas companies came to realise that rope access could be used onshore offering the same benefits.
Discovering that workers on ropes were able to reach areas that it was impossible or, at best, very costly to get to by other access means, owners of these buildings and plants turned to rope access companies for ever more detailed and specialist work. Some of these tasks have involved ground-breaking procedures that have either substantially reduced the time required for the work to be completed, extended the life of the asset, or its parts, or enabled them to be altered or repaired whilst in most cases staying operational.
Rope Access is used daily in most industries including:
- Oil & Gas (On/offshore)
- Power & Petrochemical
- The natural environment
- The built environment
- Shipping & Harbours
- Confined Spaces
- Renewable Energy
- Food industry
- Commercial & Domestic
All our rope access technicians have been trained and assessed to IRATA standards, with regular rescue training and re validation or upgrade when required.
Contact us today to see how rope access can help you avoid substantial costs for access, not sure if there are any anchor point's... We will bring our own! We can install & Test fall arrest and abseil anchor devices, which comply with EN795 Class A1 in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and BS7883 Code of Practice.
Our dead weight trolley's are also available for hire, please contact the office with any requirements you may have.