It is not always possible to install a permanent lifeline in an area where access is difficult eg. overhanging structures. In these situations the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the only solution. Rope Access is a form of work positioning, initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, which applies practical rope work to cater for the various needs of industry. It is highly skilled work and requires rigorous training and commitment. If utilised correctly it can generate considerable savings because:

  • Rapid installation and dismantling of the access systems causes minimal disruption
  • Rope systems are installed and dismantled quickly.
  • It is a practical, safe solution with the ability to solve awkward and troublesome problems that might otherwise absorb a disproportionate amount of time and money.

The correct PPE is essential. We have assembled a selection of equipment that offers unsurpassed levels of safety as well as ease of use and durability.

The practical sessions of ALL Rope Access Courses are physical and expose the candidate to the techniques utilised on the double rope system including,

  • Correct rigging procedures & knots.
  • Ascending &descending techniques.
  • Changeovers..
  • Rope to rope transfers.
  • Passing knots.
  • Rescue techniques.
  • Safe working procedures.
  • Hauling techniques.

Rope access is a form of work positioning that applies practical rope work to difficult access scenarios for a large range of industrial needs. The course is run to any of the three levels, in full accordance with the IRATA procedures for certification of industrial rope access personnel -6th edition January 2009. These procedures have gained acceptance around the world and allow for the safe positioning of an operator in difficult situations without the need for scaffolding etc. The course covers applicable legislation, the theory of fall factors, shock-loads and damages caused in the event of a fall and care and inspection techniques of Personal Protective Equipment.

Duration: 5 days

All IRATA training courses have a mandatory independent assessment and successful candidates receive an internationally recognized qualification. Courses are run regularly at either our Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria training venues, please contact us to reserve your place on the next course.

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