Rope Access


Rope Access Services

irata membership logoRope Access is an efficient, safe method which allows you to enter hard to access work areas. This process involves utilising ropes and climbing equipment to enable skilled technicians to access various points efficiently throughout the required area. Hard to access areas can typically be described as areas which involve working at height, such as the inspection of existing wind farms.

Rope Access provides a range of benefits which include being more cost effective and undisruptive in comparison to more traditional methods, providing an alternative access solution. Due to the flexibility of Rope Access, the service is applicable for various projects within a wide range of industries including Wind (onshore and offshore), Oil, Gas and Nuclear.

Rope Access


Safety is one of the main benefits of Rope Access. Not only is it considered safe due to the highly disciplined rules and regulations in place, but the process in which Rope Access is carried out forms the basis for having the best track record for safety within the industry. This is accomplished by the equipment and techniques used. Each technician always works on two points of contact with a rigg rescue system in place for safety, whether it is a basic abseil or a more complex aid climb. In addition, highly trained Rope Access technicians always work in teams with level three safety supervisors present for the full work scope.

Service Offering

Due to the flexibility of Rope Access, there are a variety of different ways the service can be utilised:

  • Conventional NDT and Advanced NDT Inspection
  • Inspection & Survey
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Install & Decommission
  • Working at Height Consultancy
  • Supervision & Rescue Cover
  • Emergency Response
  • Fall Protection
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing of Composite Material
  • Internal & External Close Visual Inspection (CVI)
  • Blade Repair
  • Coating Inspection/Repair


Rope Access has several benefits in comparison to more traditional methods for accessing the work area.

  • This method is less time consuming due to the technician’s ability to access multiple points of the work area within a single session.
  • Rope Access is flexible as it allows technicians to work with various environments and work conditions, extending the capabilities of more traditional methods.
  • Rope Access acts as a highly safe method with technicians completing rigorous training to conduct projects along with thorough regulations to be followed, minimising risk.
  • Less disruption can be caused to occupied buildings and to the day-to-day activities of your client which previously would have been disrupted by things like Scaffolding.
  • Rope Access acts as a method of cutting costs due to requiring less manpower and less time to complete the project, allowing for efficiency and quickness.
  • Rope Access methods can be combined with other services such as deploying NDT techniques. Therefore, this enables the completion of previously hard to access projects such as the inspection of blades on wind turbines.

Rope Access Versus Traditional Methods

Rope Access is becoming more prominent within the marketplace, replacing more traditional methods such as Scaffolding. With Rope Access, it predominately reduces manhours working at height making it safer and more cost effective than other traditional methods. These benefits may reduce concerns that may have arisen from using more traditional methods with evidence of Rope Access displaying the fresh, beneficial alternative for accessing the work area.

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