Rope access is a proven method of achieving safe work positioning at height and in other difficult access areas. It has evolved from techniques used for decades in climbing and caving which have been adapted for the work environment. It is safe, quick and cost effective.

  • Yes, rope access is very safe and is recognised world-wide as being one of the safest ways to undertake works at height.
  • All HRS technicians are independently assessed and training includes rescue procedures.
  • All HRS equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Codes of practice and working systems have been carefully refined over the years by the HSE, IRATA and HRS Services. The IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP) is available for download here – IRATA  International code of practice for industrial rope access – pdf »
  • A rope access technician always has attachments, each having an independent anchorage point.
  • When HRS technician is supported by ropes, each of the technician’s ropes will have a fail-safe descent mechanism.
  • All secondary tools and equipment are attached by lanyards to worker’s harness. Or attached to a separate suspension system.
  • Don’t take our word for it, look at the statistics. IRATA routinely record and analyse comprehensive safety data from all member companies. The most recent report is available for download here –WASA Report 2013 – IRATA Work and Safety Analysis – pdf »
Rope Access can be use in many different area, below are just some of the area HRS work in:

  • Rail Structures & Bridge Examinations
  • Building Repair & Maintenance
  • Bridge Works & Bespoke Access Systems
  • Rock Netting & Slope Stabilisation
  • Telecoms & Mast Inspection & Installation Works
  • Geotechnical Works
  • Thermographic Surveys
  • Highways Bridge Works
  • Routine maintenance & cleaning of production equipment etc
  • Installation / repair works (Fire stopping etc) in buildings e.g above suspended ceilings and services.
  • Safe access to undertake works in shafts, service risers and plenums
  • Finishing, cleaning works to building once scaffolding etc has been removed
  • Rope Access is recognised world wide as being one of the safest ways to work at height.
  • It a very cost-effective way to carry out Inspection, Examination, Maintenance and Installation works.
  • A practical, safe solution which enables you to solve awkward and troublesome problems that might otherwise absorb a disproportionate amount of time and money.
  • Using Rope Access means minimal disruption to building occupants, pedestrians and traffic flow.
  • Rope access systems can be quickly rigged and dismantled, removing the need to leave equipment in place between shifts where theft and vandalism are an issue.
  • A practical, safe solution with the ability to solve awkward and troublesome problems that might otherwise absorb a disproportionate amount of time and money.
  • Quick mobilisation to minimise down time and associated costs.
  • HRS’s highly experienced technicians have many years’ experience solving difficult work and access related problems.
  • The above list is just a sample and far from comprehensive. Whatever your requirement, give us a call, if it involves difficult access we’ll always be able to offer advice or a solution.

HRS’s selection of the appropriate mode of access for a particular job involves consideration of safety, cost and the available of pre-existing access used for related work by other subcontractors; for example on highways we may use the same access as the maintenance contractor. Thus, HRS has used surveys by drones, rope access, MEWPs (including barge mounted machines), underbridge units and cherry pickers in addition to permanent access ladders and walkways.

For rail structures the relevant competence standards are STE 4 (bridges and gantries) and STE 5 (buildings) within the Network Rail Standard NR/SP/CTM/017. All of HRS’s inspectors are certified as competent against STE 4.

Until recently there was no national scheme for the accreditation of inspectors for highways structures. BD 63, ‘The Inspection of Highway Structures’, places a responsibility on the Supervising Engineer to assess the suitability of the qualifications and experience of prospective inspectors before engaging them. However there has been a lack of guidance on the qualities or competencies that are required and it has been up to the individual to determine their own criteria for suitability.

May 2016 saw the launch of Interim Advice Note 192/16 by Highways England. This introduced new certification scheme for Bridge Inspectors, entitled ‘Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme’ (BICS). This has been jointly developed by the UK Bridges Board and the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (previously Irish National Roads Authority) and has been overseen by ADEPT, Department for Transport, Highways England, London Bridges Engineering Group, London Transport Asset Management Board, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Transport for London and Transport Scotland. The scheme is being administered by LANTRA as National Highways Sector Scheme 31.

HRS is registering its inspectors with BICS with the objective of all of them achieving certification by early 2018.

BD 63/07 puts the onus on the Agent to agree minimum competence requirements with the Overseeing Organisation, giving due consideration to the requirements described in the Inspection Manual for Highway Structures. The Supervising Engineer is required by clause 3.7 to be a Chartered Civil or Structural Engineer with a background in design, construction or maintenance of highway structures.

For both General and Principal Inspections, prior to undertaking the inspection, a method statement should be prepared, and agreed by the Supervising Engineer.

The main difference between Principal and General Inspections is that the Inspection Manual for Highway Structures requires all Principal (and Special) inspection reports to be countersigned and checked by the Supervising Engineer. HRS’s Technical Manager is a Chartered Engineer with experience of bridge design, construction and examination.

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