Highways Bridge and Structures Inspection / Examination / Maintenance

HRS Services have over 30 years experience of providing our clients with client focussed multi-disciplinary specialist access solutions for inspection, examination and maintenance.

Bridge inspection / examination / maintenance over or adjacent to motorways and other public roads: HRS has vast experience of carrying out the above. In addition to carrying out bridge works using rope access and cherry pickers, HRS can also provide a range of other services that you may also find beneficial such as geotechnical / de veg or confined space work.

To discuss your requirements or for HRS to put together a bespoke solution, please e-mail info@hrsservices.co.uk or call 0800 030 4391.

HRS understands how to work on highways, HRS inspection teams are all trained in roped access techniques to IRATA Standards and hold IPAF certificates meaning that complex structures can be inspected safely without the need for expensive scaffolding and maximising the use of available road space. Many inspectors also hold confined space entry certificates allowing teams to examine culverts in addition to more conventional structures such as over and under bridges.

HRS Services have worked closely with local authorities and consultant engineers across the country, assisting with and carrying out Principal Inspections and Inspections for Assessment for over 30 years, so you can have confidence that HRS Services is the company for your project.



Examples of work HRS have done on the M40 and M25 motorway structures.

HRS have carried out works on motorways such as the M40 and the M25, including principle and general inspections and testing of underbridges, overbridges, retaining walls and other structures. In summary, the following works have been undertaken:

  • Scour Assessments for Rail and Highways Bridges
  • Principle inspections to BD63/94
  • Materials testing
  • Provision of cherry pickers and competent drivers
  • Roped access trained personnel
  • Provision of confined space trained personnel

HRS Services put safety at the very top of our priority list, so much so that the founders of HRS Services helped to form IRATA (the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) almost three decades ago.

Rope access is regarded as one of the safest ways to carry out difficult access works. This regard for safety is substantiated by the safety statistics collected by IRATA. If you would like to see the IRATA or HRS Services safety statistics, please contact us on 0800 030 4391 or e-mail info@hrsservices.co.uk

HRS Services are very proud (and rightly so!) of our safety record and that of IRATA.
If you have a difficult access problem and you are trying to work out the best way to solve it, please contact HRS.

Not only is rope access the safest way to work at height, it is also one of the most cost effective ways of carrying out inspections, examinations and maintenance at height. HRS are well known to our clients for providing them with bespoke and cost effective solutions to their difficult access problems.

IRATA – the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association »
IRATA (the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) was formed in the late 1980’s, as the result of an initiative by a number of leading companies involved in industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry.

IRATA’s main activities are:

  • Promote and maintain a high standard of industrial rope access activities in terms of safety and work quality.
  • Provide guidance on training and certification of personnel involved in industrial rope access.
  • Produce publications and guidance on good working practice, training and other related topics.
  • Prepare submission and provide informed opinion and advice to government departments and others on matters concerning health, safety and training.
  • Assist working parties charged with commenting on and discussing existing and draft legislation and directives.
  • Assist in the provision of appropriate educational training and certification opportunities for personnel employed in industrial rope access.
  • Provide a forum for the free and informal exchange of experience and opinion.

Membership Criteria
Each IRATA member is audited by an independent third party auditor to ensure that it has in place correct procedures and systems to ensure that industrial rope access is carried out in a safe manner. Each company is obliged to work in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Guidelines for safe working, which the Health and Safety Executive (UK) have commended. The Guidelines have now been further modified into a general set of ‘International Guidelines’ with no reference to national standards or health and safety regulations.

All applicants must:

  • Complete the IRATA application form submit one year’s audited accounts (where applicable).
  • Agree to abide by the Memorandum & Articles of Association.
  • IRATA members are required to abide by a Code of Ethics and are subject to a strict audit by qualified independent inspectors to ensure that the Association’s requirements of quality assurance, safety, training and working practices are being met.

Code of Ethics
Member firms undertake to respect the rules of professional behaviour. They must accept only tasks for which they possess or have access to the necessary competence and organisation and discharge their duties with complete fidelity.

Members will:

  • Accomplish each task solely in the legitimate interest of the client.
  • Carry out their tasks with all reasonable skill, care and diligence.
  • Refrain from treating with staff of clients or other member firms in order to induce them to enter their own service.
  • Inform the client of any links with the contractors, or other commercial interest which might make their professional impartiality suspect.
  • Respect and properly apply the laws, regulations, technical rules and accepted professional standards and must not accept contracts or instructions incompatible with such rules.
  • Respect the personal and professional dignity of employees, colleagues and other persons, and the various persons or entities with whom they deal.

Members will not:

  • Act so as to injure the professional reputation and prospects or business of another member firm or organisation.
  • Make exaggerated or unjustified claims.
  • Offer to make payment, by way of commission or otherwise, for the introduction of business except through accredited agents or brokers.
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Relevant Accreditations

To see the wide range of accreditations that HRS Services hold, please visit our Accreditations page »