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  1. UAVs / Drones – so what’s all that about then? The rapid emergence of drone technology concerning battery life, lighter weight components and more robust control software mean this platform can now seriously benefit the Rope Access industry. Lighter airframes mean greater payloads and longer operational air-time. Drones now present a serious option for Rope Access companies to offer accelerated initial surveys for their existing client base. Companies with a drone capability can visit a site (onshore or offshore) and quickly deploy a drone to carry out a site survey with a skele
  2. As an operator of some very busy websites and networks, I get to see a huge amount of CVs. Even through we don't employ anyone directly in the field we still receive many applications from all types of technicians with varying degrees of skill levels. I also get to communicate with a large number of potential employing companies who are keen to offer their feedback. I thought I'd write some brief notes on how some of these applications end up harming the prospects of the person who sent it - Here goes... TIP 1 Research each company and review your qualifications before you send:
  3. Hi there I'm currently looking of joining the rope access industry and wanted some advice about building a trade on top of my rope access qualifications in order to make myself more desirable/employable. I'm 26 year old and have previous experience on rope through caving and have bolted new routes in the past so I have no issue with heights. I'm currently looking at getting my IRATA Level 1 and CSCS but was wondering what additional qualifications would be needed to do electrical work. My only experience on electrical work is through small personal home projects. So far I have been l
  4. Hello all, My name is Alex and im looking for advice into becoming a wind turbine Technician i'm 23 and have just left my previous employment and looking to get into a new line of work,preferably within the renewable energy sector so here go's. is it a good time to be going into renewable energy? is it difficult to achieve the desired skill set? what courses would be mandatory? what courses would be preferred? what is the likelihood of getting a position onshore/offshore with little experience? finally is anyone able to review my CV to see if i could fit
  5. Good morning, My name is Bradley White and I currently work as Operations Manager at Zip World UK. Over the last 3 years I have been working towards a career in the rope access industry and recently qualified as a IRATA L2 Technician with 1500 hours. In addition to my IRATA training I am also qualified as a Rope Rescue Level Two Supervisor (Outreach Rescue) and a PPE Inspector (Lyon Equipment). Following successful completion of the IRATA L2 training I signed up to Rig Access and downloaded the Career Pack. Although the information in the Career Pack was incredibly useful -
  6. Hi guys first time on here Was wondering what sort of salary a level 1 rope access sign maker installer / vinyl layer could make in the industry and if any one has any experience in this. Thanks James
  7. Hello all! Just something I've noticed a lot recently. There seems to be a quite a high demand for IRATA insulators at the moment, both onshore and offshore and I'm wondering if this is something worth looking into. Are there any insulators on here who can please give me an idea of the amount of work available, what kind of training or course is the best to attend and whether this line of work is worth persuing. Any info would be much appreciated, cheers! Craig
  8. After more than three decades’ production, the mighty Murchison platform was finally down-manned this year. Work to dismantle the 25,000-tonne topsides is ongoing. Elaine Maslin reports. CNR International’s Murchison platform with Heerema Marine Contractor’s vessels Thialf and Hermod, at work earlier this year. Photos from Jan Berghuis/Flickr. On 31 March, the last scheduled flight departed from the Murchison platform, two years after production ended at the huge North Sea facility, and more than 10 years after production was expected to cea
  9. Salvage teams hoping to board the stricken oil rig Transocean Winner plan to scale the structure using ropes. Bad weather has delayed attempts to winch them aboard using a helicopter so they can assess the damage. The rig ran aground off Lewis on Monday and has lost more than 12,000 gallons (56,000 litres) of diesel oil from its tanks. So far the team of eight experts has only been able to make a short assessment of the rig's condition. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said salvors managed to board the rig from the sea on Saturday and climb part way up using ropes. Weather pe
  10. An industrial abseiling company that has been operating for more than 20 years has collapsed into voluntary administration but is continuing to trade. Vertical Services called in external managers late last week, with Vincent Smith and Samuel Freeman from Ernst & Young acting as administrators. The first meeting of the company’s creditors will be held on February 3 in Perth. Vertical Services was founded in 1992 and services the oil, gas, mining and civil engineering industries. The company, which has offices in Perth and Brisbane, offers mechanical repa
  11. Used to be the highest point in the North Sea

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  12. The rapid emergence of drone technology concerning battery life, lighter weight components and more robust control software mean this platform can now seriously benefit the Industrial Rope Access industry. UAVs / Drones – so what’s all that about then? The rapid emergence of drone technology concerning battery life, lighter weight components and more robust control software mean this platform can now seriously benefit the Rope Access industry. Lighter airframes mean greater payloads and longer operational air-time. Drones now present a serious option for Rope Access co
  13. FOR ALL UK ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE CONTRACTORS Thinking of moving from PAYE to LTD? Need some advice on setting up a limited company? Rigg Access has teamed up with a leading accountancy firm to provide a one stop shop for all your financial administration. Fixed fee services available nationwide with the UK's Largest and most trusted contractor accountants. • Unlimited face to face meetings across the UK • Your own dedicated accountant • Low cost all-inclusive accountancy package “We'll take care of all your business and personal taxation needs. This includes compl
  14. In Sydney, another major accident has occurred involving window cleaners and façade access equipment. Two cleaners were left in critical condition after the building maintenance unit (BMU) cradle they were working in fell 12 floors onto the street awning below. One man was crushed under the cradle and the other wound up dangling over the edge of the awning. This is on the heels of another accident in August where a window cleaner fell off the Apple store in Sydney. He was using rope access methods to clean the façade. He too amazingly survived but with serious injuries. Are these types of a
  15. Work at height using Work Positioning and Fall Arrest equipment Access Method & Anchor Selection Also covers rigging from pipework: RRWAH.pdf This was submitted by: mfwl
  16. In Sydney, another major accident has occurred involving window cleaners and façade access equipment. Two cleaners were left in critical condition after the building maintenance unit (BMU) cradle they were working in fell 12 floors onto the street awning below. One man was crushed under the cradle and the other wound up dangling over the edge of the awning. This is on the heels of another accident in August where a window cleaner fell off the Apple store in Sydney. He was using rope access methods to clean the façade. He too amazingly survived but with serious injuries. Are these types of a
  17. To all: I came across this company, Hy5 in Singapore. Notice some of the photos posted on a social networking site. Just wanted to know what everyone though of this rigging on a high rise building:
  18. Hi All..! We're about to get to the final stages of constructing our new on-line rope access log book and need your feedback - there's been numerous threads on here about this topic over the years, one of them is here: With no realistic alternative we've decided to press ahead and create this for all of our 17,000+ users. What we have at present, is a system tied into everyone's personnel dashboard, once logged in, the following options will be available: Date Range of the job Hours logged for the date range Company worked for Job Location Job category Brief Job Des
  19. An offshore services company has been fined £100,000 after serious safety failings led to the death of one of its staff. Rope access worker Lee Bertram fell 75ft from the Brent Charlie platform and plunged into the North Sea when the equipment he was using failed. Efforts were made to rescue and revive the 37-year-old – who was working for Bilfinger Salamis UK Limited at the time – but he could not be saved. Yesterday the company appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted failing to ensure the job he was doing at height was properly planned and carried out in a manner which
  20. Hi all, please keep your eyes open for stolen Rope Access harnesses: Mountain rescue equipment worth up to £15,000 has been stolen or damaged by thieves who broke into a garage. Two medical rucksacks were taken in the break-in in Nelson, which Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue (RPMR) said happened "some time in the last week". Twenty rope access harnesses and 650ft (200m) of rope were also splashed with diesel, making them unusable, a spokeswoman said. Lancashire Constabulary have launched an investigation into the break-in. The garage was being used for temporary sto
  21. Of course the nature and complexity is completely different from most other industrial situations but has the rope access community dismissed this trade? In my opinion window cleaning is in dire need of experienced RAT. The majority of companies are not following rope access specific guidelines, have a lack of serious training, and employ undertrained and incompetant cheap labour. I would like to see more IRATA or SPRAT certified companies with technicians of all levels and especially a level 3 constantly on site. Just because the general task is easy does not mean the attitude towards standar
  22. I am a steel erector by trade and I've read some of the forums and am not running people down who want to get into this industry but I don't think they realise. Its ok when you go up maybe 20 metres but its a whole different ball game when you start hitting real heights. When things on the ground become dots. I would like to get into this industry and with 15 years experience as a steel erector would this help me get on the ladder I am from Northern Ireland and have worked all over the UK and Ireland but not rule out anywhere in the world as I've no ties.The question am asking is who would b
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