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Rope Access Companies: Who to Trust?


which rope access companies.JPGPeople have been using ropes to abseil and cave rock-faces, facades and buildings for many years. One of the first projects the method was used on a grand scale was during the building of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s.

However it wasn't until the 1970s that rope access as we know it today came into its own. During the 1980s the technique became more refined, regulated and controlled, leading to the formation of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) as the governing body in 1987.

Modern rope access equipment and techniques are incredibly safe, efficient, cost effective and versatile. It is for these reasons that the skill has become the favoured way to solve vertical access problems and why the industry has continued to grow in recent years.

Why Choose Rope Access?

If you are needing work conducted at height rope access provides an environmentally friendly alternative to other working at height methods. Rope access allows workers to reach remote and difficult access areas, externally or internally, on a variety of buildings and structures. The technique is quick to set up and remove and requires less equipment. This makes it a more cost effective working at height solution.

Who Can Use Rope Access?

Many different industries are able to benefit from rope access and the skill can used to complete a variety of work at height tasks. It can be used to complete many projects, big and small from event rigging to full offshore platform maintenance. Some common applications for rope access include:

  • Structural inspections and non-destructive testing
  • Blasting and painting
  • Sealant inspections, coating inspections and surface preparation
  • PPE Inspections
  • Wind turbine maintenace
  • Geological surveys and rock scaling

Deciding Between Rope Access Companies

Once you have decided rope access is the work at height technique for you, you will need to find a reliable and qualified company to complete the work. There are now many rope access companies in the UK, but which one should you choose?

What to Look Out For:

The Qualifications

How qualified is the rope access team you are researching? A better qualified team will have more experience which may make them more efficient at completing your project than a start-up.

Previous Work

Whilst most rope access companies will no doubt be able to apply their skills to your project, finding a company that has previously completed similar work will be beneficial. If you require a specific task such as a PPE Inspection, or work on a particular structure, e.g. wind turbine, then it would be worthwhile finding a business which has completed similar work in the past as they will be better places to notice and avoid any potential issues.

How Long Has the Business Been Operating?

Whilst it is not always true, a company which has been operating for longer will generally have completed more work, making them more experienced in the rope access field. Pretty much every rope access job is unique and rope access companies which have been operating for a long time will undoubtedly have gained more knowledge of rope access in a variety of different applications.

Does the Company Need to Outsource?

Similar to the previous points, if a rope access company needs to outsource any part of your job this may indicate that they are not fully qualified or experienced in the job you require.

Inspection & Rope Access Specialists

Inspection & Rope Access Specialists have been providing rope access techniques for many years. Our team are fully qualified to conduct a full range of work at height services including PPE Inspections, NDT and maintenance work on a variety of different structures including wind turbines, bridges, offshore oil rig platforms and historical buildings.

For more information or to speak to someone about how we can help with your project please contact us: enquiries@offshoreinspections.co.uk or call us Tel: 01592 722 571 Mob: 07762763714.