Frequently asked questions

Q. Why use rope access?

Modern rope access equipment, techniques, and training can be combined to produce an exceptionally safe, versatile, efficient, and cost-effective way to solve vertical access problems.

 

• Rope access is safe. Independently-certified rope-access technicians uphold an enviable safety record with no fatalities and few lost time incidents while working on rope.

 

• Rope access is versatile. Technicians can apply the techniques in a wide variety of environments, from confined-space penstocks to massive concrete structures to complicated steel installations. Unlike traditional access methods, custom rope-access solutions can be designed to fit various applications quickly and inexpensively.

 

• Rope access is efficient. Systems are installed and dismantled quickly and often require fewer personnel than traditional access methods. Rapid deployment limits disruption to facility operations by minimizing downtime.

 

• Rope access is economical. Fewer personnel, faster completion, less equipment, and minimal downtime mean lower costs.

Q. Who uses rope access?

• Civil, structural, and geo-technical engineers

• Operations and maintenance workers

• Construction workers and painters

• High-rise window cleaners

• Motion picture and theatrical set personnel

• Tower and antenna installers

Q. What range of services can Edge Rope provide?

Edge Rope trained staff are able to get into the most inaccessible work places and provide the following:

  • High rise maintenance and repairs such as caulking of leaks, waterproofing, concrete, bird proofing and window replacement
  • Signage installation and removal.
  • Glazing façade repairs and surface rendering
  • Building Surveys and inspections including Thermographic surveys of building envelopes
  • Window Cleaning via Rope Access, BMU, Elevated Work Platform and Water Pole Systems
  • Pressure cleaning of high rise buildings, canopies and awnings
  • High rise Painting
  • Rock Stabilisation and De-Vegetation
  • Design, Installation, and testing of rope access and fall arrest systems
  • Advice to building owners on maintenance, use and certification of fall arrest and rope access systems

Q. What makes you different from the other rope access companies?

Our team has been doing rope access work for over 10 years. Not collectively – individually. Combined, we’re well over a several years of experience.

More importantly, it’s not just about the rope access but our skills as well. When you call many rope access companies, they are mainly window washers. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just what they do because that’s what most rope access companies are asked to do. The technicians on our team are experienced tradesmen. They know mastic, plastering, brickwork, painting and so on. Other companies might do it, but it’s likely they’ll sub-contract it to a company. We’re more than happy to help them out.

Q. Why is rope access a better high access solution than scaffolding?

We get asked this often and it is primarily based upon what we can reach versus what the scaffolding teams can get to. Scaffolding has a natural way of getting in the wrong place. Exactly where we need to be, there’d be a scaffold pole right there. We can’t tamper with it or move it, so it’s just in the way. With rope access, we can get everywhere because there is nothing (literally) in our way.

It also is a matter of set up and breakdown. The day we arrive is the day we start on the job. When the job is done, we’re out of there. We don’t have a lot of equipment. Everything we bring is strapped to us, aside from the vehicle we arrive in. There’s no heavy equipment to block off a pavement and we don’t require a load of supplies that take days to set up. We simply show up, anchor to the roof and go about our task.

Q. What can rope access services be used for?

The most common applications for modern rope access include inspection, surveying, maintenance, and construction on bridges, dams, towers, buildings, geologic slopes, and industrial plants. While inspection is the most common application, welding, cutting and heavy material handling can be accomplished by rope access professionals using specialized procedures.

Q. Is it safe up there?

The rope access industry has an excellent safety record. Rope access technicians are required to abide by the standards in the industry, regardless of whether they are IRAANZ members or not. Failing to do so could result in prosecution by OSH. The support of the rope should eliminate the likelihood of a fall altogether. Rope access workers use a back-up fall arrest system in the unlikely failure of their primary means of support. This redundant system is usually achieved by using two ropes, a working line and a safety line.

Q. What is rope access?

Rope access refers to a set of techniques where ropes and specialized hardware are used for work at height. A two-rope system is employed: the working rope provides access and support for the worker and the safety rope provides an independent back-up system.