Rope Access

Rope Access

Offshore Painting Services performing offshore Rope Access

Rope Access is a safe and cost effective way for our technicians to complete all work at great heights. Rope access requires fewer resources and costs when compared to Scaffold, MEWPs or Cranes especially for repairs and inspection offshore.

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 work 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 altogether. Rope access technicians use a back-up fall arrest system for the unlikely failure of their primary means of support. This redundancy system is usually achieved by using two ropes – a working line and a safety line.

Offshore Painting Services can supply IRATA trained Rope Access teams disciplined in Blade Repairs and Surface Coating Repairs. We use our own certified equipment to ensure a fast and effective response time, also removing the need for any heavy machinery on site.

Offshore Painting Services currently require the use of Rope Access techniques to access to difficult to reach areas of the following assets:

Offshore Painting Services performing IRATA Rope Access

Offshore Painting Services performing IRATA Rope Access


Rope Access Managers

Rope Access works will be planned and managed by Offshore Painting Services’ rope access managers who are responsible for maintaining a safe system of work. Before any rope access activities commence Offshore Painting Services 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 inspection reports.

Rope Access Supervisors

Offshore Painting Services Rope Access activities are supervised by our IRATA Level 3 Rope Access Safety Supervisors, Their role is to ensure that the work and the workers proceed in accordance with the IRATA ICOPS August 2014. Site specific RAMs with the aim of no accidents, no waste and no defects which is known as Zero Harm.

IRATA Rope Access Certification

IRATA International has a formal training syllabus, assessment and certification scheme, and grading structure, all IRATA International members are obliged to use this scheme. Rope access technicians are grouped into three technical grades, depending upon their experience and level of assessment as set out in the publication IRATA International training, assessment and certification scheme for personnel engaged in industrial rope access methods (TACS). The three technical grades are:

Level 1 – This is a IRATA technician who is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.

Level 2 – This is an experienced IRATA technician who has Level 1 skills plus more complex rigging, rescue and rope access skills, under the supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.

Level 3 – This is an IRATA technician who is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Levels 1 and 2; is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation; has an extensive knowledge of advanced rigging and rescue techniques; holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate and has knowledge of the IRATA International training, assessment and certification scheme. Subject to a Level 3 having the necessary supervisory skills, he/she can become a rope access safety supervisor with responsibility for rope access safety in work projects.


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