Rope Access

Rope Access

Offshore Painting Services performing offshore Rope Access

Rope Access is a proven safe and cost effective technique for completing work at height, whether it be 3m or 300m. Rope access requires fewer resources and costs when compared to scaffold, MEWPs or cranes, especially for offshore inspection and repairs.

Rope access is a form of work positioning, initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, which applies practical rope work to allow workers to access difficult-to-reach locations without the use of scaffolding, cradles or an aerial work platform. Rope access technicians descend, ascend, and traverse ropes for access and complete tasks while suspended by their harness. Sometimes a work seat may be used. The support of the rope is intended to eliminate the likelihood of a fall. Rope access technicians use a back-up fall arrest system in the unlikely failure of their primary means of support. This back-up system is usually achieved by using two ropes – a working line and a safety line.

OPS supply technicians as a part of  IRATA trained Rope Access teams competent in Blade Repairs and Surface Coating Repairs and utilise our own certified equipment to ensure a fast and effective mobilisation to site removing the need for any heavy machinery.

OPS currently deploy the use of Rope Access teams to complete a variety of tasks, including difficult to reach areas, such as:


Rope Access Control Measures

OPS commitment to customer service and the team is based upon Quality, Safety and Satisfaction.

This commitment includes project pre-planning, organisation and completion including documentation for Safe Systems of Work along with RAMS, Tool Box Talks and Daily Progress Reports.

All rope access projects are planned and managed by OPS project management teams supported by in-house administration, including HSQE: prior to commencing any rope access activities OPS will:

  • Visit site and area required for rope access works to establish that rope access methods are suitable
  • Create detailed risk assessments to identify any hazards, assess the likelihood of an incident occurring and establish control measures to minimise the risks
  • Create a Safety Method Statement, this will clearly define work procedures and safe systems of work
  • Create rescue a plan
  • Select trained/competent personnel for the task and correct number of team members
  • Select appropriate equipment and PPE
  • Complete inspection reports as applicable

This attention to detail forms part of the Zero Harm culture maintained by OPS personnel continuing the record of zero lost hours across any OPS operational project.


IRATA Rope Access Certification

For further information relating to IRATA and the levels of rope access qualifications please visit our training website at


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