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Industrial Rope Access Q & A

Have you considered how Rope Access work can help you cut costs and achieve better results for your business? We sat down with IRA Division Manager Bryan Prekopa from Galasso to discuss the basics of Rope Access for a variety of industries, how it compares to scaffolding, and to address basic safety questions.

What are the benefits of Rope Access?

Rope Access is beneficial in many ways.  The exemplary safety numbers are reflective of the extensive training that SPRAT technicians undergo.  The ability to operate in extremely difficult situations, safely and efficiently, translates into saved time and effort. Which translates into reduced costs.  A well-managed program helps to create the safest work environment possible.  A reduced overall “job footprint” is beneficial to the customer that is utilizing the service as well.

What are the common uses for Rope Access?

Rope Access has been deployed into numerous applications and industries. Crews for telecommunications support services.  Heavy industry such as petrochemical, and energy production, for inspection and maintenance.  Local Law 11/98 Façade inspection, bridge and dam inspections, geo-technical stabilization, and equipment placement and repair are just some of the areas it has been used with great success.

Why would I need Rope Access for Surveying?

Industrial Rope Access is extremely valuable for investigation and survey.  The limited amount of gear needed and less intrusion on a piece of property or equipment being highly valued by the customer.  Extremely limited exposure to public and property while this process is happening, only helps to create a safer and efficient work area.  These initial site visits can often happen quickly, and with very little interruption to the surrounding activities.

Why is Rope Access better than scaffolding?

Rope access over traditional methods such as scaffolding is beneficial in many ways.  The need for multi craft planning and construction, as well as de-construction, of traditional scaffold equipment, increases man hours exposed.  The amount of equipment and manpower increases with traditional methods, and naturally increases safety related numbers.  Scaffolding is potentially more intrusive on structures and can increase the exposure to surrounding people and areas where it is being worked on.  There are many functions that rope access cannot replace the need for traditional access.  In the circumstances where it can be utilized, rope access is an extremely safe alternative that can significantly reduce the cost of access.

How do I determine if I need Rope Access Services?

Rope access is a very good fit for numerous projects out there with support for “work at height” requirements.  Any task that involves work areas which are difficult to access or create significant exposure risks to personnel, will naturally be better performed by highly trained operatives utilizing specialized equipment.  Rope access is safe and extremely efficient which will translate into savings for the overall project.  A survey by an experienced rope access supervisor to determine the feasibility of this approach, will be the first step to a successful project.

Is Rope Access safe?

Rope Access has safety numbers that are worlds better than other relevant industries.  The training and equipment, coupled with the experts who utilize it, help to create the safest approach to work at height.  Done properly, rope access has an enviable success rate for safe and efficient solutions to work aloft in multiple industries.

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