Industrial Rope Access is a proven method of achieving a safe work position at height or in areas of difficult access. It was initially developed from techniques used in caving to answer the need for a simple, safe and adaptable means of access with its first large scale use being for inspections on the oil and gas platforms of the North Sea. As its value as a work solution has grown rope access has also developed onshore where it is to be seen undertaking all manner of work from high-rise window and facade cleaning and general maintenance to repair, geotechnical and inspection work on some of the world’s most iconic structures.
Rope access allow workers to access difficult-to-reach locations without the use of scaffolding, cradles or mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs). Typical examples of occupations requiring Rope Access training are window cleaners, welders, painters and cleaners.
One of the most recognised Rope Access training organisations is IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Training Association). IRATA is the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector, IRATA has member companies in every continent. Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA in the last 20 years 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, the built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough Rope Access training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.
IRATA offer all types of Rope Access training courses including:
- IRATA Level 1
- IRATA Level 2
- IRATA Level 3