Rope access refers to a set of techniques where ropes and specialized hardware are used as the primary means of providing access and support to workers. Generally a two-rope system is employed: the working rope supports the worker and the safety rope provides back-up fall protection.

Why use rope access?
Modern rope access equipment, techniques, and training can be combined to produce an exceptionally safe, versatile, efficient, and cost-effective way to solve vertical access problems.
  • Rope access is safe. Independently-certified rope-access technicians uphold an enviable safety record and few lost time incidents while working on rope.
  • Rope access is versatile. Technicians can apply the techniques in a wide variety of environments, from confined-space penstocks to massive concrete structures to complicated steel installations. Unlike traditional access methods, custom rope-access solutions can be designed to fit various applications quickly and inexpensively.
  • Rope access is efficient. Systems are installed and dismantled quickly and often require fewer personnel than traditional access methods. Rapid deployment limits disruption to facility operations by minimizing downtime.
  • Rope access is economical. Fewer personnel, faster completion, less equipment, and minimal downtime mean lower costs.
Who uses rope access?
  • Civil, structural, and geo-technical engineers
  • Operations and maintenance workers
  • Oil & gas industry
  • Construction workers and painters
  • High-rise window cleaners
  • Motion picture and theatrical set personnel
  • Tower and antenna installers
What are some examples of common rope access applications?
  • Structural inspections and non-destructive examination (NDE)
  • Inspection, painting and construction on offshore oil platforms, power plants, chemical plants and refinery.
  • Inspection, surveying, maintenance, and construction on bridges and dams.
  • Sealant installation and surface preparation
  • Sand blasting and pressure washing
  • Concrete repair
  • Instrument installation
  • Painting
  • Rigging
  • Standby Rescue
  • Rock scaling and anchoring
  • Geological surveys

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