Surprisingly still relatively unknown in the onshore and domestic sectors, industrial rope access techniques have been used for decades to provide work at height solutions, and are now being used to cater for domestic building maintenance problems, cleaning painting and maintenance at height, and industrial and construction work. We’ll be focusing on the domestic / building maintenance side of industrial rope access (or industrial abseiling) in this article.
Rope access provides a safe and efficient mode of working at height. It is less obtrusive and in most instances quicker and cheaper than other work at height solutions and traditional height access methods such as scaffolding or a cherry picker. Rope access teams can be in and out with the minimum of disruption, generally for a fraction of the cost. Rope access enables work to be carried out effectively in awkward situations and allows access to difficult areas such as rooftops, building facades, gutters and downspouts. This makes it ideal for work at height on oldnement te blocks and other multistory buildings, from cleaning to maintenance.
Examples of the type of work that can be carried out on ropes as an alternative to scaffolding are:
Gutter & Downpipe cleaning, repair & maintenance.
Végétation removal from building facades, rooftops and gutters.
Stonework: pointing, cleaning and repair at height.
Roof repairs and rooftop maintenance.
Cleaning and Painting at height.
High level Electrics & Wiring.
Bird and Pest control solutions such as prevention netting.
High level Glazing Solutions.
Inspection and Testing services.
In fact rope access can be used in just about any situation where work at height is required. Leaking gutters and the consequent vegetation growth on building facades (to name one of the areas that can be tackled by industrial rope access techniques), can cause huge amounts of damage to a building and its stonework. The longer the problem is left untended, the worse the water dam damage and the damage caused by roots will be, and the more repair work and maintenance will be required in the long run, including stonework and pointing. The cost and logistics of using of most façade access solutions however, including scaffolding and cherry pickers, often makes it impossible to deal with these fairly minor issues before they become a major problem. They are therefore more often than not, left to continue to damage the building façade until it becomes a problem that can’t be ignored, at which point even huger expenses and difficult lengths have to be gone through to fix it.
With rope access however, a team can get to the problem area easily and with minimal disturbance to the building or the public, fixing the issue maintenance cost effective and efficiently.
As we have seen, an extremely useful and cost effective alternative to scaffolding and other height access methods, industrial rope access can be used in a wide variety of scenarios in domestic settings, from cleaning and maintenance to repairs, allowing work to be carried out where other solutions would simply be too expensive or logistically difficult to aevechi.