IRATA International’s rope access system is a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the work place, and to be supported there.
The advantage of using rope access methods mainly lies in the safety and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations and then carry out their work, often with minimal impact on other operations and the nearby area. Another major benefit is that the combination of the total man-hours and the level of risk for a particular task (man-at-risk hours) is often reduced when compared with other means of access and their associated risks and costs.
The primary objective when using rope access methods is to plan, manage and carry out the work with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences, i.e. to ensure a safe system of work is maintained at all times, and with no damage to property or harm to the environment. IRATA International has in place a continuously evolving regime of work procedures that members are required to follow and which are monitored for compliance to ensure that a safe system of work is established and maintained. This sets IRATA International member companies apart from rope access companies that are not subject to such a rigorous scheme.
Although rope access has its origins in the off-shore industry it was quickly recognised that there were many onshore 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.
This is a rope access technician who is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3.
This is an experienced rope access technician who has Level 1 skills plus more complex rigging, rescue and rope access skills, under the supervision of a Level 3.
This is a rope access technician who is capable of complete responsibility for rope access safety in work projects; is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Levels 1 and 2; is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation; has an extensive knowledge of advanced rigging and rescue techniques; holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate and has knowledge of the IRATA training, assessment and certification scheme.
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