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Why Pick Rope Access Over Traditional Scaffolding?

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If you require work to be carried out at height for your structure or building you may first consider using larger, industrial techniques such as scaffolding, alloy towers or cherry pickers. Scaffolding is a temporary structure that construction workers can use to support their crew and materials whilst carrying out work on a building or structure and it is used daily by the construction industry.

However as architects design ever-increasingly complex buildings you may find that scaffolding is not suitable for your requirements, or that your job has to be completed quickly and using scaffolding will severely delay your work. It is in these instances that you may find using industrial rope access more suitable for your project.

Rope access can be used to carry out a range of services from inspection and maintenance to rigging and painting, on both on- and off-shore sites. They offer a number of benefits over scaffolding.

What Are The Benefits of Rope Access Over Traditional Scaffolding?

There are a number of reasons why you may choose rope access for your work at height project.


Rope access has proven to be an incredibly safe construction technique. Unlike scaffolding which falls into the Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) category, rope access technicians must be trained to IRATA standards to ensure all industry regulations are in place.

No flat terrain permit required

Unlike certain mobile platforms, rope access does not require a flat area beneath the work site in which to erect scaffolding. Rope access technicians do not need to get time-consuming permits so can begin work safely, legally and quickly.


Rope Access is a cost-efficient way to complete building maintenance. With scaffolding you may find that the higher you require it to be the more expensive it becomes. The cost involved in rope access does not increase anywhere near as dramatically and as it requires less products it works out as a much cheaper alternative.

Speed & Minimal disturbance

Rope access requires minimal set-up time and your building will not be obstructed whilst work is being carried out.

How Can Inspection & Rope Access Specialists in Scotland Help?

Inspection & Rope Access Specialists are based in Glenrothes. We have experience in a variety of specialised fields and a reputation for delivering a safe and innovative service that is bespoke to each of our clients. We always look for new challenges in different industries in the UK or abroad and enjoy creating a plan that will deliver an efficient outcome. If you have a work at height project and think we could help, contact us today and speak to one of our team.