OUR CORE VALUES
Advanced Access meets or exceeds all OSHA and IRATA standards and safe practices. Our pledge to all employees and clients alike is to put Safety First—to eliminate and/or engineer out all hazards, which could negatively impact personnel, property, and the environment. Our extensive experience lets us identify hazards before they become a threat to safety.
Our IRATA Level III team has over 18,000 hours worked on ropes without a single incident. Team members have conducted rope access operations to install large diameter steel piping down 200’ cliffs, washed the windows on the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, NV, engineered and built steel stairs down a cliff, engineered cable-tram systems to get heavy material on-site for construction, conducted countless maintenance jobs (changed out lights, re-wired electrical panels, etc), supported NDT inspection operations on the North Slope of Alaska, performed fall arrest equipment inspections, designed and installed fall arrest / work at height protection systems, and much more.
All Advanced Access rope access technicians have gone through rigorous training and have been independently assessed by an IRATA sanctioned assessor—and must re-certify every three years.
Quality of work
We give you our word– as a company and as members of team of professionals–to deliver the highest quality work; whether we are engineering a system to move a 7000 lbs object into place or just washing your windows, Advanced Access stands behind all our work.
Time is money! The Advanced Access Team can help you save both–all with a 100% perfect safety record. Please call us today!
ABOUT ROPE ACCESS
What is Rope Access?
Rope access is a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the work place, and to be supported there. All technicians using rope access are double guarded, by maintaining two points of attachment to two independently anchored rope systems. These “two-points-of-contact” are maintained prior to and during exposure to heights–and are not removed until the worker is safely back on the ground, approved platform, or surface.
What is IRATA?
IRATA, the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques in order to provide a safe working environment for the industry. The rope access techniques developed by IRATA have now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it provides an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site, the IRATA system of rope access continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout the world.
Is rope access safe?
Yes. Rope access, when carried out by IRATA trained and certified technicians, under the required direction of a Level III supervisor, has proven to be the safest method of working at height in the world.
For those companies following the IRATA standards and practices, their safety record is magnitudes of order safer that other methods such as scaffolding or aerial lifts, with 2 deaths in 25 years and over 50,000,000+ “on rope” hours worked as of the end of 2013: RIF rate of 0.02 (Source).
For comparison, according to OSHA, over 50 workers die per year erecting and using scaffolding. Use of aerial lifts has only a slightly better safety record with around 35 deaths annually.
A detailed independent legal analysis of each rope access incident revealed that the technicians involved were not follow IRATA protocol.
Why use rope access?
The advantage of using rope access methods mainly lies in the safety (addressed above) and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations and then carry out their work, often with minimal impact on other operations in nearby areas.
Another major benefit is that the combination of the total man-hours and the level of risk for a particular task (man-at-risk hours) is reduced when compared with other means of access and their associated risks and costs. Our technicians effectively spend less time exposed to the hazard.
In addition, rope access can save clients thousands to millions of dollars depending on the scope and duration of at-height operations by eliminating lift rental and scaffold erection costs.
Where does rope access fit into OSHA’s definitions of working at height?
There are several OSHA defined methods for accessing work locations at height: Fall Arrest, Work Positioning, and Work Restraint. While Aerial Lifts, Scaffolding, and Ladders exist under Fall Arrest, Rope access primarily utilizes Work Positioning. Because the worker is suspended from a rope, he is never at risk for a fall, and those associated hazards. In the event that the primary line fails, the arresting distance is nearly immediate, eliminating the significant forces experienced during a typical Fall Arrest event such as a 6 foot free fall onto safety lanyards.