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Rope Access FAQs


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Rope access is an innovative way of conducting work at height on difficult to access areas. The technique has a number of applications and benefits over other temporary access methods such as scaffolding and aerial work platforms.

Over the years, rope access has proven to be a safer and more cost effective way to carry out work at height on difficult to access structures or buildings. If you are looking for work positioning method that is quick, safe and budget-friendly then rope access may be the solution you are looking for.

At Inspection & Rope Access Specialists, rope access Scotland & abroad we understand that because rope access is different from other access methods you may have a number of questions or concerns you need to clarify before deciding upon this method for your project. We have put together this FAQ post to answer some common questions you may have.

What is Rope Access?

Simply put, rope access is a technique which utilizes ropes and equipment to allow workers to access difficult to reach locations safely and quickly.

Which Jobs Can Rope Access Be Used For?

One of the main benefits of rope access techniques is its versatility. Since its creation rope access specialists in Scotland and across the world have used the method to solve a variety of access problems, including structural inspections, maintenance work at height, banner installation, painting, netting, surveying and so on.

All of these services can be completed on a range of buildings and structures both on and offshore for example, bridges, offshore oil rigs, industrial chimneys and skyscraper blocks.  

What Are The Benefit of Rope Access as a Work at Height Solution?

Rope Access is beneficial for carrying out work at height for a number of reasons:

1. ROPE ACCESS IS VERSATILE

There are a number of situations where traditional height access systems such as scaffolding cannot be implemented. For example if the ground beneath where the work needs to be conducted is not level or stable, like in the case of the underneath or bridges or oil rig platforms, rope access is a preferred choice for safely manoeuvring technicians into place. Rope access is also the preferred method for certain projects where the area is confined, for example, accessing the inside of chimneys.  

2. ROPE ACCESS IS COST EFFECTIVE

Compared to other access methods, rope access is more cost effective. This is due to the fact that less time and labour is required to set up and remove temporary access systems such as scaffolding and because rope access requires less personnal to accomplish the tasks needed. 

3. ROPE ACCESS IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Compared to other access methods, rope access equipment and techniques have a smaller effect on the surrounding environment.

4. ROPE ACCESS IS SAFE

Certified rope access technicians are up to six times less likely to experience an injury on site. IRATA, the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector, carries out yearly reports to track the number of accidents and incidents which occur in rope access. Their 2013 report shows the total number of accident/incident reports submitted for 2013 was 109 (a 30% decrease for the previous year). Their data shows that the fatality rate for rope access is around 0.08 per 1000 and injuries are 0.64 per 1000 for reportable injuries.

5. ROPE ACCESS IS QUICK

Rope access allows technicians to quickly manoeuvre into position. Since the technique requires a shorter amount of set up time workers can be on site and working wtihin minutes. This is beneficial over scaffolding which requires more time to set up and take down the temporary scaffolding structure.

Rope Access Scotland: A Safe and Cost-Effective Access Method

Inspection & Rope Access Specialists are based in Glenrothes, Scotland. Our team have a variety of experience in using rope access techniques to carry out work at height projects in a number of different applications. We provide a safe and innovative service which is bespoke to each client and enjoy the challenge of finding the most efficient solution to your requirements. If you think your project could benefit from rope access contact our team today and find out how we can help.