mountaineering workRope access techniques (system) is a personal fall protection system. It is also a method of working at heights. Low tension ropes attached to fixed or movable anchor devices (points) are used as the main element of the safety system. For unsupported work, at least two ropes are used, a working rope - for descending, climbing the safety device and a rescue rope - ensuring support in an emergency. These techniques make working at height much easier.

Principles of work organization with the use of a rope access system

The execution of work at height starts at the planning stage. The duration and complexity depends on the complexity of the task. In addition to solving technological, technical and organisational problems directly related to the execution of the work, a risk analysis is carried out at this stage. It is necessary to identify all existing harmful and hazardous factors, possible risks to employees, unauthorised persons and material assets. For each hazard, measures must be found to eliminate or reduce the risk. At the planning stage, a list of ways to use fall protection equipment and other necessary safety equipment is established. Plans for evacuation and rescue from height are also drawn up. Once the planning is complete, the necessary documentation is drawn up.

Then comes the preparatory work stage. It is essential to prevent people from entering the danger zone of a falling object. Fences are installed for this purpose. It is often required to assign a worker to guard the danger zone. If there are any unstable fragile structures or objects that may sleep above the work area, these must be removed or repaired. All other work carried out above and below workers using rope access systems as well as work by hoists and other moving mechanisms must cease. Anchor ropes are fixed above the work area in most cases. Before installing anchoring devices, check the chosen supports and ensure that they are intact. The rope access system and the fall arrest system must have separate anchoring devices. If the selected supports are themselves at height, fall arrest equipment must also be used to access them. Special synthetic ropes, which have specific strength and dynamic properties, are usually used as flexible ropes in rope access systems. The ropes are gently lowered into the work area. Locking knots are required at their ends to prevent the belay and descending devices from disconnecting. If the rope length is greater than the height difference, it is best to leave the excess coiled near the anchor rope attachment point - this can prevent dirt, damage or snagging on moving mechanisms. Ropes should be protected from contact with sharp edges. Before using the ropes, the worker must ensure that they are fixed and not being used by another worker. He or she must also inspect his or her fall protection equipment and carry out a functional check of belay devices, descending apparatus, clamps, etc. Only when all the preparatory steps have been completed and safety measures have been implemented can the rope access system be used.

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Mountaineering training

Working at heights using rope access techniques is work that requires appropriate skills, knowledge and experience. Not every person is able to do such work. Only persons with specialist qualifications are entitled to work in such a position. If you want to have such qualifications, we invite you to participate in our training. The offer includes both basic and advanced level courses. The training is intended for people who want to learn to perform various types of work at height, as well as for employees who work at heights and need to know how to use the equipment and anchor points during their work. In order to take part in the course, applicants must submit an appropriate statement confirming the absence of any medical contraindications to work at a height of more than 3 meters. The trainings include theoretical and practical parts.

Type of classesDescription
TheoryDuring theoretical classes, participants will learn about work safety regulations; the characteristics of the equipment used to perform work at height; the rules of organization of the workplace and organization of employee protection when working at height; structural and strength properties of building elements, structures and structures on which the works are carried out; hazards that may arise during work, how to assess and eliminate or minimize them. Students learn how to choose the appropriate personal protective equipment and how to use them properly.
PracticePractical classes include practical exercises of climbing a ladder with the use of various types of safety equipment and, in practice, carrying out a rescue procedure with the use of various types of rescue equipment. The trainees also practice various techniques that are used when working at height.

an employee performing work at heights

We provide safety, specialized equipment and an exclusive training program. We guarantee the acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills. Classes in the training center are conducted only by certified instructors who have extensive experience in mountaineering. The training is practice-oriented, participants immediately apply the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. After completing the theoretical and practical part of the course and successfully passing the exam, students receive a certificate entitling them to work at height.

We strongly encourage you to contact us and participate in training !!!