Industrial Rope Access is a proven method of achieving a safe work position at height or in areas of difficult access. It was initially developed from techniques used in caving to answer the need for a simple, safe and adaptable means of access with its first large scale use being for inspections on the oil and gas platforms of the North Sea. As its value as a work solution grew rope access has also developed onshore where it is to be seen undertaking all manner of work from high-rise window and facade cleaning and general maintenance to repair, geotechnical and inspection work on some of the world’s most iconic structures.
Why Use Rope Access?
Rope access is safe. Independently-certified rope-access technicians uphold an enviable safety record with no fatalities and few lost time incidents while working on rope.
Rope access is versatile. Technicians can apply the techniques in a wide variety of environments, from confined-space penstocks to massive concrete structures to complicated steel installations. Unlike traditional access methods, custom rope-access solutions can be designed to fit various applications quickly and inexpensively.
Rope access is efficient. Systems are installed and dismantled quickly and often require fewer personnel than traditional access methods. Rapid deployment limits disruption to facility operations by minimizing downtime.
Rope access is economical. Fewer personnel, faster completion, less equipment, and minimal downtime mean lower costs.
The Benefits of Using Rope Access When Replacing your CEMS Lines;
Cost – The cost to have SCS use Rope Access techniques for your CEMS line replacement is a fraction of traditional methods such as boatswain’s chair or crane basket
Quality – Rope Access techniques allow for much more effective installation and securing of the line as a result of close access to every inch of the raceway or track in which the line is installed
Regulatory compliance – the 2010 OSHA crane standard 1926.1431 states; “The use of equipment to hoist employees is prohibited except where the employer demonstrates that the erection, use, and dismantling of conventional means of reaching the work area,…would be more hazardous, or is not possible…”
Time – Minimal lead time, rapid set-up and dismantling, and rapid execution means minimal down time and disruption to facility operations
Single point of contact – Our Rope Access Team provides both the safe means of access and completion of the work
No heavy equipment – The lack of need for cranes or other heavy equipment on site in areas with often minimal clearances eliminates the potential risk associated with access and staging of such equipment
Peace of mind – The assurance that comes from employing a well-trained and supervised work force operating to effective and proven guidelines
Our Rope Access Team specializes in the removal and installation of Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) lines
“We have had our CEMS sample lines replaced multiple times on various units do to failures. In the past we have utilized a local rigging company to setup a boatswains chair to perform this function. We have used Safety Compliance Services for other work and offered them the opportunity to bid on replacing our CEMS line with their Rope Access Team. Their bid was extremely competitive, the setup and installation went very smooth and the job was completed in less time than in the past. We were very happy with the outcome and will include them for all future CEMS line change-outs.”
Steve Cole, O&M Manager, New Athens Generating