Rail & Bridge Inspection / Examination / Maintenance Work

With over 30 years of bridge general and principal inspection experience, HRS Services use rope access, drones and other techniques to solve difficult access problems and provide our clients with cost effective and safe solutions.

By using rope access, drones and other ways of working at height the benefits to you are the possession times required can be dramatically reduced, along with the costs of hiring access equipment. Using HRS’s drones or rope access team can be substantially cheaper then erecting scaffolding.

With over 30 years of undertaking general and principal inspections using a range of access solutions, HRS really do have the experience and knowledge you need. HRS have carried out bridge works on everything from portfolios of small structures to some of the UK’s most famous bridges. Here are just some examples: Forth Rail Bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tamar Bridge, Britannia Bridge, Transporter Bridge, plus many other bridges including a wide range of bridges for Network Rail across the UK and work on Medway Viaduct on the high speed one section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Outside the UK, HRS have worked on Tagus Suspension Bridge in Portugal.

For more examples, case studies and photos, please click on Gallery and Case Studies or for more information please contact the HRS Rope Access team on 0800 030 4391 or e-mail rebecca.oxley@hrsservices.co.uk

General and principal inspections and maintenance works on various rail structures and bridges, including re-painting, pointing, brickwork and concrete repairs.

Rail and Bridge Services include:

  • Scour Assessments for Rail and Highways Bridges
  • Rail bridge, shaft and retaining wall general and principal inspections
  • Rail bridge and shaft de-vegetation works
  • Surveying for hidden and blind shafts
  • Difficult access maintenance works
  • Rock netting and slope stabilisation
  • Visual surveys
  • Principal inspections
  • Removal of vegetation
  • Maintenance and installation works
  • Geo-technical works on slopes/embankments
  • Drones surveys
  • Ecological surveys of structures for nesting birds and protected species, such as bats

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 general and principal inspections and maintenance at height. HRS are well known to our clients for providing them with bespoke and cost effective solutions to their access challenges.

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.
Please hover over an image and click the ‘Link’ icon to view Case Study information, or Click the ‘Magnifying Glass’ icon to see a larger photo.

Network Rail – examination of overbridges and underbridges, shafts and retaining walls across the UK
Motorways – general and principal inspections and materials testing to overbridges, underbridges, masts, gantries, retaining walls and culverts
Westminster Bridge – dimensioning to the superstructure prior to refurbishment
Humber Bridge – inspection to main towers
Channel Tunnel Rail Link – examinations to several overbridges and viaducts
A55 Rhuallt cutting – tactile inspection of rock face and lift off test to rock anchors
Dartford River Crossing – corrosion & crack mapping to towers & piers, NDT work to lamp stand welds, inspection of cable stays

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Relevant Accreditations

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