SCA Rope Access Become IRATA Accredited

SCA’s Rope Access Division have received confirmation that they have achieved the highly esteemed and internationally recognised IRATA accreditation following a strict third party audit carried out at the end of December 2012.

IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) was formed in the UK in the 1980’s to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry and is now recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access with over 200 international member companies. IRATA’s aims include promotion of high standards in safety, workmanship and working practices and audits are carried out annually to ensure members uphold their guidelines. They promote continuous improvement in all aspects of rope access including ongoing education and training.

This audit verifies that SCA Rope Access have all the required systems and procedures in place to work at height from ropes safely, with the Division’s equipment and working practices scrupulously investigated to ensure IRATA’s high standards are met. SCA’s Rope Access Division have carried out many interesting projects to date, from offshore wind turbine maintenance to specialist restoration of an historic vessel at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Rope access is a proven method of achieving a safe work position at height or in areas of difficult access. Initially developed from techniques used in caving, it answers the need for simple, safe and adaptable means of access, and can be far more cost effective than other methods. In 15 years of collating safety statistics, IRATA have recorded minimal serious injuries with an annually diminishing reportable incident rate of less than four per 100,000 hours worked. This is unrivalled across the industries in which IRATA operate and is a fundamental reason for the ongoing growth of rope access as a means of maintenance and inspection.

SCA Rope Access are delighted to be approved by the international authority for rope access technicians and welcome any enquiries. Please contact the team on 01202 820820 or via