Working at heights is a regular part of work in many industries like construction, oil and gas, telecom, facade maintenance, and others. In many such industries, workers work in difficult to access areas high above the ground. The construction industry, in particular, requires significant work to be done at heights. There are several benefits of utilising rope access, we will explore some of these benefits below:
- Rope Access Teams are Fast and Economical
When work on a building at height is necessary there is no faster and economical way to complete it than by using rope access teams. A rope access team comprises of certified, trained technicians who are skilled in working at heights and inaccessible areas.
Consider when welding is necessary 80 meters above the ground on the surface of a building. It will be time-consuming and expensive to create scaffolding to complete such work. Doing so to complete such a simple job may take days. Also, using a crane to do it will be prohibitively expensive. On the other hand a rope access team can easily complete the job in just a few minutes.
Hence rope access teams are able to work at heights quickly allowing the job at hand to be completed faster than it could be otherwise, and because rope access teams don’t need any additional equipment besides that which they carry, they are inexpensive to deploy.
- Rope Access Teams Leave no Imprint
A rope access team can work at heights without leaving any imprint. They can be ready to work quickly and be dismantled quickly without leaving any trace except that of a job well done. On the other hand, when scaffolding is erected to work at a height it blemishes the exterior of a building for some time.
- Good Safety Record
Someone with little or no knowledge of working at heights may be quick to believe rope access is the most dangerous way to work at heights. They couldn’t, however, be more wrong. Among all the techniques used to work at heights, rope access is by far the safest.
- Rope Access Teams Can Reach Any Spot
Unlike scaffolding, man lifts, and other equipment used to work at heights, rope access teams can reach and work in virtually any spot. Consider that in addition to working on the surface of a building, rope access teams can enter and work inside industrial chimneys, ducts, smokestacks, and domed roofs.
- Flexible with No Down Time
Rope access teams are flexible and can be deployed after little planning. Any change in the priority of work or change in weather can be easily accommodated by rope access teams. On the other hand, such disruptions are far less well managed when scaffolding is used.
When scaffolding is used it may lead to significant disruption of other work and to a loss in man hours and consequently to lower productivity. Rope access teams cause little or no downtime which ensures productivity isn’t hampered when such teams work in a building or site.
Rope access teams can be used for a variety of purposes. They can be deployed during a building or plants construction; during installation of structural steel; to install mechanical and electrical equipment; for close visual inspections, or for waterproofing, painting, and decorating.