REDS are specialist providers of access engineering solutions including rope access and confined space entry. The combination of these services allows REDS to offer innovative solutions to various challenging tasks, often in hazardous and difficult working conditions. REDS access technicians use industrial rope access equipment and techniques which are all fully compliant with “Working at Heights” regulations and approved codes of practice, to provide safe and cost effective access solutions in many situations.
REDS rope access and confined space department works closely with our diving division, with many of our personnel being cross trained across all divisions allowing us to undertake both diving and access services, with the same team of personnel on site. This mix of services offers our clients greater flexibility and efficiencies in both time and cost, removing the requirements for numerous contractors on site.
What is Industrial Rope Access?
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 in 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.
Where is it used?
- High Rise Buildings
- Masts & Towers
- Satellite & Radar Tracking Installations
- Marine Environment – Docks, Boats, Dams, Tanks
The main features of Rope Access in operation are:
- The IRATA rope access worker works from two ropes – a working rope and a back-up, safety rope – and is permanently attached to both.
- A minimum of two technicians are required for any job so as to enable mutual surveillance – an extra safety feature.
- All IRATA technicians receive extensive training and independent assessment and are required to undergo re-training every three years.
- Training includes rescue procedures even though IRATA has an unrivalled record of safe working.
- All equipment is regularly inspected and well maintained.
- All IRATA training and operational work is conducted in line with Association Guidelines.
- These Guidelines have been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive.
The benefits of using REDS Caribbean Rope Access
- The certainty of safe working – the REDS team provides both the safe means of access and undertakes the work.
- Rapid set-up and dismantling, minimal disruption to building occupants, pedestrians and traffic flow.
- No security risk on site with all equipment removed same day and no structure that might allow criminal use or vandalism.
- The assurance that comes from employing a well-trained and supervised work team operating to effective and proven guidelines.
- Significant cost savings when compared to Scaffolding & Electric Hoist Systems.