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blogRope access is a safe method of working at height where ropes and specialized equipment and hardware are used to gain access to and from the work area with the proper support structure. The rope access system uses 2 ropes – one is the main working rope and the second is installed parallel to the first, thus making this a committed fail safe rope.
The rope access industry is regulated by Rope Access and Fall Arrest Association (RAFAA) in South Africa and by respective national standards as well as regulation in other countries.
Rope access offers :
• Great flexibility when using moving platforms
• Access to otherwise impossible to reach areas
• Adaptability to heights and tight spaces
• Less interference with daily operations minimizing downtime
• Versatility in that rope access can be applied to a variety of environments from confined spaces to massive structures to complicated installations
• Efficiency as rope access systems can be easily installed and quickly dismantled
• Cost savings as it involves fewer personnel, faster completion, less equipment and minimum downtime
Rope access is used by :
• Engineers
• Maintenance and operation workers
• Construction workers
• Painters
• Cleaners
• Motion picture and theatrical personnel
• Climbers
• Electrical and electronic installation workers
Rope access applications are :
• Painting and construction work
• Photography and cinematography
• Rock scaling and anchoring
• Geological surveys
• Instrument installation
• Repairs and maintenance to buildings
• Building and structure inspections
• Cleaning
As in any other method of work, the application of rope access should be regard as a complete system, in which planning, management, competence, ideal safety rope and suitable hardware should be given equal priority as each is dependent on the other to ensure the safety of the entire system.