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  1. Rope Access Chat

    1. Polls and Industry Information

      Polls and user survey info for the Rope Access industry

    2. UK and Europe Rope Access

      General stuff about all things Rope Access

    3. African Rope Access

      All things Rope Access - feel free to chip in, your opinion matters!

    4. Australia and New Zealand Rope Access

      Welcome to our OZ / New Zealand Rope Access section.

    5. Canadian Rope Access

      This section is to cater for the up and coming Canadian Rope Access element - feel free to post any relevant material

    6. Middle East, Far East and Asia

      Rope Access techs in the sunny side - comments welcomed here

    7. USA Rope Access

      Stateside technicians, here is your section. Please feel free to let the world know about your presence.

    8. Site Suggestions and Wish List

      Have an idea on how we can improve our site for you? Need more functions in your options panels? Let us know here

    9. South American Rope Access

      Rope Access forum for careers advice, hints, tips and much more..

    10. Toys and Gadgets

      What do you do with your Rope Access wages or other ill gotten gains? What do you do in your time off away from work..? Post pics of your interesting toys, gadgets hobbies etc here

    11. Wind Energy / Wind Turbine

      This ever increasing section of our industry now deserves a new category. Post here for all topics of the wind energy industry.

    12. Guest Access

      No need to be logged on to this section, this is heavily moderated, inappropriate posts will be deleted before anyone gets the chance to see them. Please don't complain if your post is deleted, REGISTER and it will be less likely to happen..!

  2. Drone / UAV Industry Info and News

    1. Drone / UAV Industry Info and News

      All news and info relating to the drone indutry

  3. Equipment Reviews

    1. Rope Access Equipment Reviews

      Leave your feedback on any and all equipment reviews. Add your own equipment make/model or make suggestions to Admin and we'll arrange it.

  4. Announcements

    1. Latest IRATA News

      Straight from the horses mouth. Keep your fingers on the pulse with the latest official line from IRATA.

    2. rigg-access.com Site Updates and News

      We're always adding new functionality for you, find out what's been added here.

  5. Non Destructive Testing and Inspection Chat

    1. Non Destructive Testing General Chat

      Covering all aspects of NDT and Inspection, post your chat and comments here

  6. Documents and Information: registered users only

    1. New Starts Advice

      New to the Rope Access industry? Get info here on the best way to get work and what tickets would be best for you

    2. Rope Access / Inspection Career Related

      These helpful documents are for registered users only, registering is totally free and quick all you need to do is click the 'register' link above.

    3. Software and Document Downloads

      For registered users only this collection of important software and documents will assist in all aspects of your work.

    4. Training Related

      Rope Access and Inspection training info for registered users only, registering is totally free and quick all you need to do is click the 'register' link above.

  7. Photography and Video

    1. General Rope Access Work Shots

      Got some decent pics of you (or your mates) at work? Post them here, special prizes dished out for the best shots

    2. Rope Access Videos

      Add your video content for all aspects of Rope Access, Rigging, NDT - anything you think could benefit our community

    3. Technical Rigging / Rope Access Shots

      Please use the 'album' link at the top of the page to upload your photos, this section will soon be deleted.

  8. Classifieds

    1. Items For Sale

      Got any old climbing gear you want to give to a new home? Get it listed here.

    2. Items Wanted

      Looking for a second hand pair of Ron Hills? Post your request here and see what comes along.

  9. Help in using this site

    1. Using the site on Mobile Devices

      Info on how to access the site with one tap on your mobile device

    2. Options panel help - personnel

      Having problems or have questions with your options panel? Look here for common problems and advice on how to get the most out of it


  • Posts

    • It's ok to use it but not OK to sell it into the market, they wouldn't be able to open a shop and sell it in the EU. The Atom is a brilliant harness, they've honed it over many years and they seem to have a good quality control system as a company. I've used these many times and I'd recommend them for comfort. I was a Petzl fan until their most recent iterations but they're great products too. CMC are a global player so I'm a bit surprised to hear they haven't got the CE approvals yet.
    • Im looking into getting the new CMC Atom full body harness, I had a email back from them saying "Our Atom Harness is UL certified to NFPA 1983, though it is not CE certified at this time" Is this ok to use in the UK and Australia as it dose not have a CE number? Also, I know this is new but has anyone got experience with this harness? Thanks
    • If you’re employer is paying for NDT stick with that. Entertainment rigging really needs to be learned on the job, the OPITO system carries no weight in the entertainment industry. Either approach companies directly explaining your background and interest, or take a short course to get the basics down. Chris Higgs book An Introduction to Rigging in the Entertainment Industry is a good resource to familiarize yourself with the equipment commonly used etc.  If you are UK based then the National Rigging Certificate (NRC) by PLASA is what you’ll want to aim for. 
    • Your 'first time' on the ropes is a lot less important than what it is you actually do once the worksite is accessed. First time Rope Access techs, with zero industry experience, zero marketable skills etc will always be bottom of the rung - someone with your skils and experience shouldn't really see too many problems in gaining employment within the Rope Access industry. Rates with the Rope Access ticket will always be higher than what you'd achieve without it.
    • Guest Kieran
      Thanks, I have found it very slow getting my first start tbh. What sort of rate should I expect? I come from pipelines, oil and gas refineries, vessels and rigs on carbon and exotic pipe work as well as structural and fabrication stuff.  What companies are likely to take on first timers on the ropes?  Thanks
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