Confined Spaces & Mast Work

HRS Services rope access technicians are trained to identify confined space hazards at the start of a project then produce a risk assessment and method statement to allow effective management of the risks on site. They have the capability to undertake both general and principal inspections of culverts, masts and gantries to BD62/07.

Masts and towers are another piece of infrastructure where HRS rope access technicians can quickly and safely scale masts and towers that are hundreds of feet high.

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

HRS technicians are highly trained in confined space entry techniques allowing them to work safely and get out quickly in the event of an emergency. Combined with lightweight, efficient roped access techniques, this allows HRS to deploy teams into what otherwise would be very hard to access areas.

HRS have extensive experience of confined spaces situations, including culverts, voids within bridges, tunnel shafts and numerous industrial situations where risks of engulfment, entrapment or poor ventilation are present.

Our fully trained ecologists can enter confined areas to survey for protected species, such as bats, determining if species are present at an early stage can save on delays, and associated costs to projects. Mitigation strategies for protected species can be developed if needed.

Some interesting projects to date have included the unblocking of slurry spraying jets inside a flue gas de-sulphurisation power station, the inspection of numerous culverts running beneath roads and railway lines and the inspection of railway tunnel air shafts countrywide.

Case Studies & Gallery

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To discuss your requirements or for HRS to put together a bespoke solution, please e-mail or call 0800 030 4391

Whether it is painting, maintenance, inspection or a bespoke service you need, HRS have highly trained specialist rope access technicians to fulfil your requirements. By using HRS’s rope access technicians your masts and towers can be safely and quickly inspected, by using rope access hundreds of feet can be scaled in a very short period of time.

To discuss your requirements or for HRS to put together a bespoke solution, please e-mail or call 0800 030 4391

Rope Access Inspect & repair the tallest free-standing structure in UK.
HRS Services completed a contract to inspect and repair local areas of concrete to the NTL Emley Moor Transmission Tower, which is the tallest free-standing structure in the UK.

Using HSE ‘Good Practices’ techniques as set out in IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trading Association) guidelines, technicians from the sheffield based company used rope access to position themselves around and under the tower’s working platforms, allowing them to first inspect and then carry out any necessary concrete and coating repairs.

All the HRS equipment is portable and extremely lightweight, allowing rapid set up and removal times. This speed and flexibility, combined with the safest method of working at height, makes rope access the preferred choice for difficult sites, such as Emley Moor.

Blackpool FC – Flood light maintenance.
Engineers working for Blackpool FC wanted to gain an understanding of the paint and galvanised coating to the flood light towers. HRS were asked to carry out a visual condition survey supplemented with thickness coating measurements to schedule and specify repairs to the towers.

Case Studies & Gallery

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To discuss your requirements or for HRS to put together a bespoke solution, please e-mail or call 0800 030 4391

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

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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