Industrial rope access is a safe and efficent way to work in locations that are difficult or dangerous to access, such as high-rise exteriors, radio towers, mine shafts, and oil platforms . A certified rope access technician uses a two rope system attached to independent anchors. The use of a secondary attachment point creates redundancy and in turn a higher level of safety. The equipment used and safety factors created makes it the clear choice for work at height worldwide.
Typically, a rope technician specializes in one specific trade, but have general knowledge and experience in all areas of industrial work, which prepares them for any task that arises. When technicians reach their work location, they can perform their trade, this eliminates the need for additional contractors. Thus, reducing overall cost, time, exposure and environmental impact.
Industrial Rope Access originated from caving and rock climbing, but the first large-scale use was on offshore oil platforms. As the industry has grown, companies around the globe have adapted the techniques to suit their projects specific needs. Today, rope access is globally recognized as a safe, economical and efficient method of working at height. Rope access may be combined with other types of access, such as ladders, man-lifts, and scaffolding, which adds another level of safety to any job.