What is Industrial Rope Access?

Rope Access is an HSE recognised form of work positioning which, by applying practical ropework skills, allows Rope Access technicians to reach difficult-to-access locations via ascending and descending their ropes. This eliminates the traditional requirement for scaffolding, aerial workplatforms and cradles.

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The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) was formed in the late 1980’s by a group of companies who were involved in the use of Rope Access techniques offshore, the purpose of forming the association was in order to provide a safer working environment for both its members and the Rope Access work force in general.
Since that time, Industrial Rope Access has been developed by IRATA to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering; built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.
The Health and Safety’s Executives Work at Height Regulations 2005 (otherwise known as WAHR 2005) cover all working at height activities in the UK, including Rope Access. This document is a common sense piece of legislation that sets out a hierarchy of control measures for protecting people engaged in Work at Height (WAH) and requires, that when WAH is unavoidable, it is properly planned, managed and carried out by competent personnel.

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Industrial Rope Access the HSE and the Law
The International Code of Practice (ICOP) published by IRATA provides detailed guidance on all aspects of Industrial Rope Access including the selection, training and qualification of personnel and the correct use of equipment.
The IRATA ICOP is accepted as the standard for  Industrial Rope Access and the British Standard for Industrial Rope Access (BS 7985: 2013) draws heavily upon it.
You can find out more about IRATA and download the IRATA ICOP here: www.irata.org

Why choose Rope Access?

Industrial Rope Access presents a very real economic benefit to a wide variety of companies across a wide range of industries including but by no means exclusive to, Petrochemical, Offshore, Wind Energy and Engineering. It provides a cost-effective, safer alternative to other, more traditional access methods used for Work at Height situations.

Aspect3Sixty believes that when any company is considering its access requirements, Industrial Rope Access offers an extremely cost effective and far safer alternative to using Scaffolding, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MWEPs) and Building Maintenance Units (BMUs).
The benefits of using Rope Access have been proven time and time again. These benefits include but are by no means limited to:
  • A fast set up time and minimal disruption
  • Flexibility and Reduced Process Downtime resulting in increased productivity and lower maintenance costs
  • Fully trained technicians who are able to carry out a wide variety of tasks
  • Lower manning levels are required, meaning reduced overall costs
  • Safety and efficiency are prime considerations
  • Removes the requirement for scaffolding access erection and dismantling
  • Does not carry the same logistical complications as scaffolding, MWEPs, cranes etc
  • Statistically the safest forms of access
  • Speed of installation
  • Rope access creates very little detrimental visual impact to buildings
  • Low environmental impact to areas surrounding the worksite
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In summary, with a fast set up time, minimal disruption and an excellent safety record, the use of Rope Access offers a safe and cost effective alternative for carrying out WAH inspections, surveys and maintenance works.