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Where Rope Access is Used

Although rope access has its origins in the off-shore industry it was quickly recognised that there were many on-shore applications for work placement technique that was safe, environmentally friendly and not intrusive.  Today IRATA members can be seen at work on the world’s great iconic buildings, both old and new, as well as your local city centre or industrial complex; it is also widely used in the natural environment such as stabilisation on cliffs and rock formations and a host of locations where quick and safe access to high or difficult locations is required. The ease with which rope access technicians can safely apply themselves to working at height means that architects and engineers can continue to design and construct ever more challenging structures and buildings which prohibit the use of other forms of access

Inspection and Testing of Structures

  • Structural Surveys
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Shafts
  • Confined spaces
  • Masts, towers and pylons
  • Satellite and radar tracking installations

Construction, Maintenance and Repair

  • Concrete Repair on bridges and high rise buildings
  • Repair of historic buildings, churches and monuments
  • Renewable energy sector wind turbines
  • Sealant Installation and Re-instatement
  • Secondary Fixings
  • Replacement Cladding
  • Flare Stack erection & maintenance

Cleaning and Painting

  • Jet spray
  • Grit blasting
  • Spray Painting
  • Roller brush Painting
  • Full surface Preparation

Facilities Management Building Services

  • General Window Cleaning
  • Glazing Inspection Replacement and Repair
  • Services Repair Fitting and Maintenance
  • Pest Control
  • Bird deterrent installation
  • Façade Survey, Coating, inspection and maintenance

Geotechnical/Civil Engineering

  • Permanent Rock Anchorage
  • Soil Nailing
  • Sprayed Concrete
  • Rock fall prevention Meshing
  • Pressure Pointing
  • Slope stabilisation

Media & Entertainment

  • Rigging for stage
  • Lighting & sound
  • Erection of banners
  • Aerial photography


Safety Bulletin SB41

Adverse Inclement Weather

Safety Bulletin SB40

Dropped Objects

Safety Bulletin SB39

Fall from Height

Safety Bulletin SB38


Safety Bulletin SB37

Rope caught by moving elevator


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