Due to their exposure to the elements, wind turbines require regular inspection and maintenance.

Wind Energy

 

The use of rope access equipment and techniques is by far the most cost-effective and efficient way to undertake maintenance of wind turbines with the combination of high wind limitations and rigorous safety requirements for levels of qualification and self-sufficient rescue plan as part of the SOP.

The range of tasks that rope access is ideally suited for include:

Tower Servicing

• Internal and external inspection and cleaning

• Construction assembly support

• Tower flange sealing

• Dent removal

• Torque testing and replacement of landing bolts

• Bus bar inspections

• Maintenance and inspection of fall arrest systems

• Weld inspection (NDT)

• Coating repair

 

Blade Servicing

• External inspection

• Laminate and coating repair

• Construction assembly support

• Inspection and installation of lightning protection systems

• Repair, installation and replacement of polyurethane coating

• External cleaning with pressured water

 

ASC provides the skills necessary for this task in accordance with the IRATA International guidance document for wind turbines.

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Falls and falling objects can result from unstable working surfaces, ladders that are not safely positioned, and misuse of fall protection. Workers are also subject to falls or to the dangers of falling objects if sides and edges, floor holes, and wall openings are not protected. Any time a worker is at a height of six feet or more (construction industry) or four feet or more (general industry), the worker must be protected.

 Fall Protection

Fall protection must be provided for each employee on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge at height applicable to their work environment.

 Management is required to:

  • Develop, implement and commit to a fall protection program
  • Provide training on the fall protection program
  • Evaluate the program on a regular basis to insure the program’s effectiveness and determine whether it needs to be changed or updated Employers are required to assess the workplace to determine if the walking/working surfaces on which employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to safely support workers.

Once employers have determined that the surface is safe for employees to work on, the employer must select one of the options listed for the work operation if a fall hazard is present.

  • Where protection is required, select fall protection systems appropriate for given situations.
  • Use proper construction and installation of safety systems.
  • Supervise employees properly.
  • Train workers in the proper selection, use, and maintenance of fall protection systems.

Unprotected Sides, Wall Openings, and Floor Holes

Almost all sites have unprotected sides and edges, wall openings, or floor holes at some point during construction. If these sides and openings are not protected at your site, injuries from falls or falling objects may result, ranging from sprains and concussions to death.

  • Use at least one of the following whenever employees are exposed to a fall of 6 feet or more [see comment above] above a lower level:
  • Guardrail Systems
  • Safety Net Systems
  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • Cover or guard floor holes as soon as they are created.
  • Guard or cover any openings or holes immediately.
  • Construct all floor hole covers so they will effectively support two times the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may be imposed on the cover at any one time.
  • In general, it is better to use fall prevention systems, such as guardrails, than fall protection systems, such as safety nets or fall arrest devices.

Ladders

You risk falling if portable ladders are not safely positioned each time they are used. While you are on a ladder, it may move and slip from its supports.

You can also lose your balance while getting on or off an unsteady ladder. Falls from ladders can cause injuries ranging from sprains to death.

  • Position portable ladders so the side rails extend at least 3 feet above the landing
  • Secure side rails at the top to a rigid support and use a grab device when 3 foot extension is not possible.
  • Make sure that the weight on the ladder will not cause it to slip off its support.
  • Before each use, inspect ladders for cracked, broken, or defective parts.
  • Do not apply more weight on the ladder than it is designed to support.
Fall Prevention

When preparing for a new project, site or an existing one, our consulting services provides early identification of fall protection hazards, solutions to minimize the risks and programs to implement training and inspection.

Fall Protection Site Survey Most sites recognize the need for protecting their workers, but where to start?

By identifying the hazards, recognizing alternatives to resolve them, and gaining the information necessary to prioritize issues safely a site can build its comprehensive fall protection program.

ASC site surveys include observing personnel involved with ongoing work. This tour is then analyzed in a written and photographic document identifying hazards and recommended solutions, equipment requirements and recommended training.

Whether you are starting your program or discovering the range of issues necessary to be dealt with, a survey provides the solid base required for building a successful fall protection program.

Our involvement depends upon the level of in-house knowledge and know-how. Together we can develop a program specific to your location, including custom courses, site specific manuals, train the trainer programs, equipment maintenance and inspection programs, and more.

Equipment Inspection based on extensive product knowledge and field experience, we can tailor an inspection and servicing program to meet your equipment needs. Whether this program is to train your employees or to set up an inspection schedule, we can put into operation a program to ensure your fall protection equipment is always in proper working condition.

At  ASC, we know that our clients are at the centre of our success; subsequently we strive to deliver excellence in customer service and to proactively seek feedback on ways we can improve our products and services and continue to provide the safest and most comprehensive range of fall protection products within the Oil and Gas Industry.

Offshore

With our background and operational ability’s we are pleased to announce the formation of ASC's Offshore Fall Arrest and Safety Services. With this in mind we have now formed an alliance with Capital Safety, the world’s leading manufacturers of Safety equipment (SALA) to supply, Install and annually inspect fall arrest safety equipment.

The emphasis on safety and the promotion of safe working practices are demonstrated in our on-site operations and are governed by a clearly defined system of pre-job Risk Assessment and Safety Analysis.

In addition we are, dedicated to offering a quality rope access Service to the offshore oil industry.  Our Team Leaders continually assess all aspects of safety on a constant basis, thus ensuring that our clients benefit from our dedication in achieving a Safe Working situation, every day and everywhere, especially when their workforce are Working at Height.

Finally, with continuous series of audits, internal reviews and regular safety meetings it allow us to continually monitor and improve our quality procedures and performance, in principle and in practice throughout all ASC's Offshore projects.

Our Services Include:

  • Working at Height Safety Training.
  • Rescue from Height & Vertical Confined Space.
  • Rig Safety Audits.
  • Installation of Vertical & Horizontal systems.
  • Annual Inspection & Servicing of systems & Equipment.
  • Training POB in correct use of Safety equipment.

For in-depth information appertaining to Fall Arrest & Safety at Height, contact us .

Fall Arrest

Rope access techniques can often be used for tasks in areas that are difficult to access. The benefits of rope access include quick deployment, increased mobility and productivity. Our teams of internationally qualified rope access technicians can perform those tasks or supervise your teams - ensuring the highest level of safety. Our operational division was established out of a demand for rope access skills in various industries. Through the use of these skills, work can take place in hard-to-reach areas - easily, quickly and safely.

 Our services include - but are not limited to:

  • Sign erection
  • Cleaning
  • Pull testing
  • Anchor installation
  • Rock Barring
  • Catch Fence Installation
  • Antennae Installation
  • Building maintenence
  • Window Cleaning
  • Welding
  • Fabrication
  • Drilling
  • Survey Work

 

We can also train your crew to work safely at height, and provide you with a supervisor to look after them.

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