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Industrial Rope Access Safety and Benefits of Industrial Rope Access


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Industrial rope access techniques offer a comprehensive range of work at height solutions for tasks in difficult to reach areas, ranging from cleaning to construction and 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 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 routes 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 recognized 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.

When carried out properly is also a very safe mode of working at height. Rope access techniques are based on climbing and caving techniques that were developed into a safe system 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 recognized worldwide as the industry standard.

Joe Gibb is an experienced rope access technician. For more info on industrial rope access please visit


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