Industrial Rope Access
Why use Industrial Rope Access and is it safe?by Joe Gibb
Industrial rope access techniques offer a comprehensive range of work at height solutions for tasks in difficult access areas, ranging from cleaning to construction and rope access services carried out by industrial rope access technicians can range from building maintenance and window cleaning to painting and lifting and rigging and more.
The benefits of using Industrial rope access are numerous, for example, the time taken to install access systems is minimal, especially when compared to alternative solutions such as scaffolding. There is minimal impact on structures and surroundings including traffic flow and pedestrian access when using industrial rope access. Industrial rope access uses extremely safe codes of practice (it has the best safety record in the field of difficult access). IRATA is recognised worldwide as the industry standard for industrial rope access, and work can safely be carried out at any height in almost any situation safely and efficiently.
Industrial rope access, when carried out properly is also very safe. Rope access techniques are based on climbing and caving techniques that were developed into a safe system of access for industrial purposes as far back as the 1970's, and the constant evolution of technique and equipment since then has led to the lowest incidence of accidents in the whole of the access sector.
As a rule, all Industrial rope access works should be conducted under close supervision by suitably qualified senior personnel, and the teams should be provided with a full risk assessment and method statement for each job detailing particular considerations for each individual situation. In this way it can be ensured that the workplace and workers in industrial rope access situations are absolutely safe.
In the UK, all aspects of work at height must be carried out in line with British Standard BS7985 (2002) and the Work at Height regulations (2005). Guidelines are provided by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA), which is recognised worldwide as the industry standard.
About the author:
Joe Gibb is an experienced industrial rope access technician. For more info about industril rope access please vist http://www.swinginggibbon.com
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MANHATTAN AREA OFFICE, NEW YORK
HI-ROPE CORPORATION, NEW YORK