25 7 / 2014
25 7 / 2014
Imagine trying to clean the windows on the world’s tallest buildings. This isn’t a job for your average window cleaner, a specialist is required.
Rope access (www.rope-access-uk.com) allows workers to access difficult to reach places using equipment originally designed for climbing. This technique saves time and money because conventional equipment such as scaffolding or cradles aren’t required. Two ropes are used, a working line and a safety line.
Although it can replace scaffolding, these techniques can be used with various platforms to create a storage area for workers.
Where is Rope Access Used?
This technique can be applied to a variety of industries. One of the most popular ones currently is the renewable energy market. Where access specialists are used for cleaning and maintenance of wind turbines and big solar panels.
The event industry uses these techniques for setting up signs and banners on high rise buildings or stadiums. The Olympics is a prime example of what can be set up, banners are installed all over the place to advertise the event and relevant promotions.
If you’re the owner of a skyscraper the last thing you want is dirty windows especially with all that glass on show. An abseiling team will be able to clean all windows on the building, improving its appearance massively.
The abseiling team use specialised equipment which was originally designed for activities such as caving and mountaineering.
Climbing helmet – An essential piece of safety equipment used to prevent head injuries caused by falling objects. This piece of equipment is mandatory on all abseiling jobs.
Ascender – Used for ascending on a rope. Safer and faster to use than the equivalent friction knots.
Sit harness – Consists of a waist belt and leg loops which are normally connected in front of the hips .
Safety Back-up – This device is essential in ensuring the safety of the access team. Keeping the device as high as possible means a reduction in the distance fallen in the rare event of a fall. Petzl are the leaders in this type of device, often used in recreational climbing successfully for many years.
Thank you for reading my article. I hope it has given you a little insight into the world of rope access and how it can benefit a business. These modern methods offer far more advantages than the conventional scaffolding systems of old.
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25 7 / 2014