For every job there’s a way to do it, and then there’s the way to do it right, and just because something has always been done one way, that doesn’t mean it’s the best way. We’re talking about rope access vs. scaffolding, and knowing the differences between the two might just mean the difference between a job done, and a job done well.

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Out with the Old, in with the New

It’s hard to miss a building that’s being cleaned, maintained or repaired with the use of scaffolding – this equipment is hard to miss. It’s usually everywhere. Not only is scaffolding an eyesore, but it also comes with risks and costs – to the workmen, to the passersby and to the company investing their potential future in this somewhat outdated apparatus. With that being said, it’s the limitations of scaffolding that is convincing business to opt in for new technology that will do a better job, every single time. It’s called SA Rope Access for a reason.

A Job Done Well

Scaffolding generally allows technicians to access buildings in a horizontal or vertical direction. The problem is that, just like people, not all buildings are alike, so these limitations often mean that allowances need to be made which could end up impacting the overall quality of a job, be it maintenance or a simple cleaning job. With rope access, technicians are suspended with the help of two ropes, allowing them more flexibility, and the ability to maneouvre in a horizontal, vertical and even diagonal direction, if need be. These are professional abseilers with specialist skills in cleaning, diagnostics, maintenance and repair.

The Issue of Safety

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Functionality, efficiency and accessibility should never come at a cost to personal safety, and luckily with rope access, they don’t have to. While abseiling down a building to conduct maintenance, repairs or cleaning might appear perilous at first, statistically speaking it is actually a much safer means of accessing tall buildings. Not only is the trained and experienced technician rigged onto two separate ropes, one of which acts as a fail-safe in the event of a main line break, but the equipment is tethered onto the professional, ensuring that these tools don’t end up falling onto passersby. What is more, by working in teams, mistakes are few and far between, and problems can be quickly resolved before they turn into costly blunders.

A combination of high training standards, tough evaluations and strong team work equates to an enviably sound safety record, and it’s fast becoming the go-to method of accessing tall buildings for an array of jobs. For SA Rope Access, perfection isn’t just in reach – it is industry standard.


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