REACHING THE PARTS OTHER METHODS CAN’T REACH
Many of the projects in industrial services involve accessing large structures to carry out inspections and maintenance.
But accessing the structures is often difficult, expensive and risky: scaffolding is costly and time-consuming to set up, while cherry pickers have height and stability limitations.
In most cases, Intergroup now has another option, in the form of abseiling and aid climbing.
With abseiling or aid climbing, ropes secured to anchor points above the work face give secure access with little setup time required. Additional safety ropes make aid climbing safer in many ways than climbing up temporary structures.
Abseiling’s quick set up and breakdown time can be very important when the access time window is limited, such as during an industrial plant shut down, when a ship is in port or when a power station penstock is closed off for maintenance.
Bridges, buildings, towers, silos, tanks, container cranes – in fact, any large structure – may be more easily, safely and efficiently accessed via abseiling or aid climbing than any other method.
For example, recently Intergroup carried out a deep clean and decontamination project inside the forepeak of an oil tanker. The alternative, scaffolding, in this particular case would have been difficult and presented safety risks.
Using rope access, our Industrial Rope Access Training Association (IRATA) qualified staff completed the work at reduced cost and risk – and produced project outcomes that left our customer very satisfied.
Intergroup’s abseiling and aid climbing resource comprises working at height specialists certified with Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA), Industrial Rope Access Association of New Zealand (IRAANZ), Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), Oil and Gas UK (OGUK, formerly UKOOA) and qualified for Working at heights and fall arrest, Confined space entry, and First aid.