Rope Access is a system for working at heights safely and efficiently. Rope access uses techniques that were developed by people doing cave exploration. These techniques have been adopted and adapted for industry. The main difference is the use of a secondary back up rope for added safety.
These days however, there are strict guidelines and codes of practice that must be followed when using rope access. Roberts Rope Access & Rescue adhere to the guidelines established by the Industrial rope access trade association.
Every work situation involving rope access has a pre planned rescue action ready to be carried out at a moments notice if necessary. This is unique to the industry and one of the reasons it is the safe method of working at height. Operatives are all thoroughly trained in rope rescue techniques. Ropes work in small organised teams and plan for all eventualities. Ropes believe a gram of prevention is better than a kilo of cure and has a safety record to prove it.
Cost benefits of using rope access can be substantial. Traditional methods require pay for an expensive access system such as scaffolding, stages or cherry pickers. Then on top of that charge will be the payment for labour to actually do the work in hand.