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What's The Future Like for Rope Access?


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People are often fascinated by rope access. There is something impressive about seeing workers suspended and carrying out work many metres away from the ground. Many people think because of the heights involved and the apparent lack of supporting structures that the job must be incredibly dangerous. It is in fact the case that rope access is one of the safest ways to work at height with relatively low injury and fatality records.

Because of this record, and the techniques cost effectiveness, efficiency and true versatility it is no wonder that the industry has grown dramatically in recent years. It is also no wonder that many tradespeople are seeing the potential benefit of learning Rope Access as a separate skill alongside their trade. Particularly in any evermore competitive job market, having a rope access qualification is a great way to differentiate yourself from competition.

These trends all indicate a great future for rope access but will it continue? Here's six reasons that suggest the answer is yes.

6 Reasons to Consider Rope Access

1. Companies Care About Their Budgets

Companies care more about their budgets now than ever before. They are always looking for ways to minimise expenditure and reduce the time needed to complete work. Particularly if work is a response to an issue as opposed to a routine inspection, companies will be open to the quickest, most efficient and cost effective ways to

Rope Access is the answer to these requests offering a full range of services at height in a timely, cost effective and efficient way. Many times rope access work is completed before the scheduled end date

2. Architects and Engineers Continue to Push Design Boundaries

As architects continue to make more vertically challenging buildings and structures the need for access increased. Rope Access systems do not require flat ground beneath the work as is required in scaffolding. The system is the best work at height solution for interacting with the landscape.

3. Historical Buildings Need Maintenance Too!

Many historical buildings are beginning to show wear and tear that comes over time and as a result require specialised maintenance and repair work. Rope access provides an unobtrusive way to access all areas externally and internally without damaging the façade or surrounding ground area.

4. Growing Offshore Work

Rope access workers are perfectly suited to working on offshore installations such as wind turbine farms and oil rigs.

5. Health & Safety Is Becoming More Serious

Legislations in health and safety and working at height are far stricter than in previous years. If a company fails to follow the correct rules they can incur hefty fines and damage their reputation. Seeking professional help from a qualified work at height company with a proven safety record will mitigate any potential safety risks.

6. Rope Access Is Versatile!

Another common myth about rope access is that is only suitable for offshore work. Whilst rope access is a great solution for offshore structures, the technique is often called upon as a way to safely and efficiently complete complex inspection or maintenance work at height, in a variety of high or difficult access areas such as atria, vent ducts, bridges, etc.

The Future Is Bright for Rope Access

Our team are excited for the future of rope access. With every project we work on we can see how the technique is becoming an important service for a variety of industries. To find out more about how we can help you, or to hear about our previous work why not get in touch? Tel: 01592 722 571 Email: enquiries@offshoreinspections.co.uk