One of the prime concerns of any work at heights is security. In fact, one of the reasons so many people decide on rope access over other forms is precisely the fact that it’s said to be the safest method. However, even with that in mind, it’s never a good idea to get complacent, as accidents can and do happen, and it’s often preventable. There are a few factors to consider when trying to maximise the safety of rope access, and any self-respecting company will keep them in mind.
Sticking to procedures
Rope access procedures are strictly regulated and it goes without saying that one of their main goals is to ensure maximum security. As such, ignoring procedures or deviating from them may increase the risk of accidents by quite a large amount. It may be tempting to cut corners at times, as some deviations from the procedure might make the job faster, easier, or otherwise less cumbersome. A good rope access technician knows that increasing the risk factor is never a good idea. Not only would they put their own health at risk, but the damage done to the equipment or even the building could cause serious financial repercussions. The procedures are there for a reason – stick to them.
Obtaining a rope access work permit may seem like tough work, and all the necessary certificates really are an investment. However, through working to obtain a permit, a technician learns many valuable skills that can make the whole process much safer and smoother for them, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and damage to the technician and their surroundings. Then there’s also the issue of liability – without implementing a permit as a control measure, it is much easier to make sure that, in the event of an accident, reparations are paid to the party that actually does deserve them the most. Granted, some smaller, less risky tasks do not require work permits, but in cases where it is necessary, making sure that you have it is one of the key factors influencing a project’s security and quality.