Industrial Rope Access

Rope access is a form of work positioning, initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, which enables workers to access hard-to-reach or at-height locations using practical ropework instead of scaffolding, cradles or aerial work platforms. 

Industrial worksites and projects can benefit from rope access in a variety of ways. The discipline is versatile, efficient and cost-effective.
  • Rope access enables completion of the same job with fewer workers and less equipment than other methods
  • Setting up and dismantling rope access rigging is quick and simple
  • Rope access reduces on-the-job risks
  • Techniques are safe and result in fewer incidents than work relying on scaffolding or heavy machinery
  • An entire job site is not forced to shut down when using rope access technicians
  • Two organizations ensure workers performing industrial rope access activities are trained

The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, or IRATA, and Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, also called SPRAT, are the two premier rope access oversight bodies. Both organizations offer rigorous training and certification programs that ensure technicians performing work at height or in hard-to-reach places are trained, safe and competent. 

 

What is IRATA?
What is IRATA?

The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, often called IRATA, is a leading global trade association for the industrial rope access work-at-height sector.

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What is SPRAT?
What is SPRAT?

SPRAT is a member-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of safe rope access use through education, standards development and certification administration.

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