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  2. He didn’t speak with Irish accent by any chance, multi skilled type of chap, tarmac, roofing, landscape and sells Dags?
  3. The silence is deafening... I think this tell me all I need to know about the rope access community lol
  4. I recently had a guy do some tree work at my house that required rope access. Every day he left a number of tools hanging from branches, including axes and even a chain saw. He assured me that this is safe practice and that no wind strong enough could blow them down. He maintained that even on telco towers workers leave their entire tool belts and equipment up there overnight so that they’re ready to work the next day. I don’t know anything about rope access etc. But I’m just curious if this is indeed standard practice? I’ve included a picture of the axe dangling 4 meters h
  5. Maybe you'll just struggle in your first few days, because it's different working with ropes, but because you are doing wielding for almost 10 years, it will be easy for you to progress in being a rope access welder. I remember, when I'm in Trentham, I trained in UbiQ Group, it was my first time trying rope access, but then when you really work hard for it and have passion, surely you'll succeed!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. As mentioned above the entertainment industry is on its knees and it’s a pretty bad time to make an entry. That said jobs are starting to come back and plenty of good workers have now sought work elsewhere. Rope access is not broadly used in the industry, but there are certain companies that appreciate the possibilities it brings and certain corners of the industry where it’s used more than others. Being efficient with fall protection equipment is essential. Rates vary greatly depending upon location and which part of the industry you work in. Film & tv, theatre, concert & festival, ex
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Coded Rope Access welders are well paid and there is a lot of work out there in general. Coded welders are used less in turbine work but there is still work available.
  13. Hi everyone, I have been a welder for almost 10 years now since I was 18 and I have my level 1. I’m hoping to get my first start on the ropes this month fingers crossed. My question is can I use my skills as a welder in the renewables and should I get my GWO? Thanks
  14. Can a L2 IRATA work with x2 L2 BS7985 under BS7985 guidelines without a L3 IRATA being on site. thanks
  15. It is - I would recommend it to everyone on Earth. That might sound trite but I really would! Easiest way to start is just 5 minutes a day focusing on your breathing and go from there.
  16. That sounds like a right blast Cylinders..! How are you finding the meditation? Is it really as good as I've heard?
  17. Good to see you back Cylinders!
  18. If you plan to go into stage rigging from oil and gas work be prepared to be responsible for your bank manager's impending stroke! If you're doing so out of a desire to follow your passions do so by all means! Money isn't everything, and it certainly isn't guaranteed or everlasting.
  19. Claudia, some of the best techs I have worked with have been women. In fact my favourite Level 3 was a young lady that I started working alongside when she had first attained her Level 1 qualifications (I hang around at Level 2 cause I like being on the tools haha). There are many skills that are applicable in RA and it's not necessary to have any of them when beginning though it certainly helps! Window cleaning is a great place to start, as the varied nature of the rigging, combined with a repetitive and relatively straightforward task will allow you to focus on becoming proficient in setting
  20. I am still alive! This forum appears to be a little bit dead these days, I hadn't logged in for ages personally. Hope there's still a few people getting around the traps? Not really sure how to sum up the last 6 years so I'll just list off a few things I suppose; wind farms, solar farms, radio masts, iron ore and gold mining, telecommunications rigging, blasting & painting, rope access welding, sailing, travelling Oz in my troopcarrier, surfing from the North West to the South West, the Southern Ocean, and the East Coast, a couple sharks, hearts broken, mended and broken again, w
  21. Oppenheimer, no, Sir! Zaicliff, it's not easy, thank you so much!
  22. Hi Claudia! I've been doing rope access for almost 2 months now and actually made a post about my whole journey which you might find something useful in. Getting the 1st job will be the hardest, it gets easier from there. Personally I was lucky enough to find a company looking for trainees. In rope access it's all about who you know so put a lot of focus into networking, linkedin, fb groups, asking friends if they know anyone in the field, job sites, etc And with my very limited experience I don't think being a woman will hinder you, I've met a lady doing rope access at
  23. What a great post..! We try to describe in the CPack its attitude that counts. Getting into Rope Access with the correct attitude can work wonders, combine this with networking with others on each job site and you have created the conditions for gaining a head start over the competition.
  24. It started out back in 2017 with the random idea of being a window cleaner but sadly I couldn't find any jobs for it so the thought went away...until 3 years later, after many failed businesses, jobs, relationships and a chaotic time in the army the idea of being a window cleaner suddenly popped back up, I couldn't find anything again but then after further research(aka frantically searching on google) I found out that they are actually called rope access technicians! That's when everything changed...a career that gets my adrenaline pumping, requires a lot of thinking, pays well, allows me to
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