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Rope Access Vs Cradle Access

When listing the most dangerous and extreme jobs in the world, many people list various forms of extreme sports, soldiers, as well as people that are working at heights. Work at heights is usually provided in one of two fashions – rope access services and cradle access services. There’s nothing surprising about the fact that most people see the cleaning of the windows of tall office buildings, with what seems to be a quite insufficient protection, may at first glance seem incredibly dangerous. To be completely clear, that is not a correct assumption, at least when it comes to rope access services. Technicians of both scaffolding and rope access provide their clients with various services, such as window cleaning, maintenance, painting, etc. But one of these has a clear advantage over the other, and it’s probably not the one that you think.

Cradle access involves the use of a cradle that is suspended in the air using ropes. There’s enough space for workers to walk on, lay out their tools, etc. At first glance, it seems like the safer option since you are suspended on an actual platform that you can latch onto, but the truth is different – there have been consistently more accidents involving cradles than rope access technicians, mostly owing to the fact that cradles actually encumber the movements of the technicians. Practitioners of rope access, also known as industrial abseiling, however, hang on tightly on ropes and have complete freedom of movement, allowing them to more reliably focus on their given task, almost completely eliminating the risk of dropping their tools or falling themselves. With the best rope access technicians in the city, R.A.I.L. is your best choice for any work at heights.

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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 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.


With rope access, nothing is too high to clean. Whether it’s routine cleaning or removing graffiti, we will do it.


Our technicians can perform painting operations on brickwork, masonry, windows, and roofs.

Building Surveying

We offer building surveying services, including drafting, photographic recording, and more.


Thermal insulation and water resistance will preserve the looks of your building.


Our waterproofing service will help you make sure your roof is completely sealed at all times.

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Building Repairs & Maintenance

Buildings deteriorate over time and often require repairs in hard-to-reach places. We can fix them.


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At R.A.I.L. Ltd., we offer the best rope access services available in London. Take a look at all our client reviews to find out for yourself. If you find yourself in need of someone to repair, paint, or otherwise do anything with your building that involves operating at considerable heights, book our services using our online form.