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Abseiling vs rope access

Rope access and abseiling seem to be two interchangeable words. Widely used as a description of work at heights that involves the use of ropes, they are both used to denote the service in which R.A.I.L. Ltd. specialises. However, that doesn’t mean these terms are completely synonymous.

The term ‘rope access’ describes a specific service provided by an individual or group that involves climbing tall structures such as office buildings in order to provide a variety of cleaning and maintenance services. Rope access technicians are hired in order to clean windows in skyscrapers, fix roofs and perform any other tasks that involve precise manoeuvres at great heights.

Abseiling is a term borrowed from German and describes a controlled descent of a vertical drop using a rope. In that way, it pretty much describes the same process as rope access, but it is actually a much broader term. Abseiling can refer to the process of descending a rock face, for example, and as such could be used for recreational purposes or any other tasks that are performed outside of the city. A true equivalent for the term ‘rope access’ is the term ‘industrial abseiling’, which is often simply shortened to just ‘abseiling’ for convenience.

What Is Rope Access

Rope access is a methods that is used to clean and conduct maintenance of higher buildings. Using only ropes and a set of tools, rope access technicians can safely perform difficult tasks at heights.

Abseiling Vs Rope Access

Abseiling is a more general term that describes the process of descending down a wall using ropes. Rope access, or industrial abseiling, is that same process but applied to buildings in order to perform maintenance.

Cradle Access Vs Rope Access

Rope access is a methods that is used to clean and conduct maintenance of higher buildings. Using only ropes and a set of tools, rope access technicians can safely perform difficult tasks at heights.