What is Rope Access?
Rope access refers to a set of techniques where ropes and specialized hardware are used as the primary means of providing access and support to workers. Generally a two-rope system is employed: the working rope supports the worker and the safety rope provides back-up fall protection.
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 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.
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
What are some examples of common rope access applications?
- Structural inspections and non-destructive examination (NDE)
- Sealant installation and surface preparation
- Sand blasting and pressure washing
- Concrete repair
- Instrument installation
- Rock scaling and anchoring
- Photography and cinematography
- Set installation
- Geological surveys
A SPRAT certification provides instant recognition and credibility for the Technicians who carry it, and the companies who invest in it. In turn, companies that hire rope access services will look for the SPRAT certification, and will know you offer the industry’s best in technical achievement.
Membership in the organization is open to any company or individual interested in furthering the interest of rope access. Current members include a broad cross-section of commercial industry, professional services, and government agencies.
Member consensus and committee developed standards, guidelines, policies and procedure drafted with modern regulations and geographic requirements in mind and built for the benefit of the current technician, company and general member.
The SPRAT Office can be reached Monday through Friday,
between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Address : 994 Old Eagle School Road; Suite 1019
Wayne, PA 19087-1866
- Phone : 610.971.4850
- Fax : 610.971.4859
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