What is rope access?
Rope Access is a versatile method of work positioning that enables technicians to access high or hard-to-reach areas on buildings and other structures using specialised equipment and techniques. Its methods emphasise efficiency and safety while minimising disruption and cost compared to traditional access methods like scaffolding or mechanical lifts.
For more information on rope access and its uses for building owners and managers see the linked post.
Is rope access safe?
Rope access is considered a highly safe method of accessing heights thanks to strict safety protocols and rigorous training requirements. Unlike other access options, rope access provides a combination of safety, flexibility, and reliability while minimising common safety problems associated with alternative access methods.
Our Rope Access Technicians undergo rigorous training in compliance with Australian Standards AS/NZS ISO 22846.1:2020 and AS/NZS ISO 22846.2:2020, with recertification every three years. To further enhance safety, our technicians are always equipped with a backup line in addition to the main working line.
Our parent company Anchor Safe is a proven and respected name in accredited height safety, access, and fall protection systems. It’s in our DNA to provide the utmost care for the safety of our rope access technicians, our clients and the general public with an unmatched commitment to height safety, always.
What certifications does Anchor Safe Rope Access Hold?
Anchor Safe Rope Access is fully licensed, insured, and compliant with all Australian Safety Environment and Quality Standards, including
- Building Practitioner Registration No: BUP0002395
- Contractor Builders License No:238236C
- Member of Master Painters No:70517444
- Public Liability Insurance for $20,000,000: 201708-1370 R3 BIA
- Full workers Compensation Policy: 126905101
- ISO 45001: 2015 Occupational Health and Safety
- ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
- ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
What are the advantages of using rope access over other access methods?
Rope access offers several advantages over other access methods such as scaffolding and elevated work platforms (booms, cherry pickers etc). It is highly versatile and adaptable, allowing access to difficult-to-reach areas with unrivalled efficiency.
Unlike traditional access methods, rope access requires minimal setup time and does not impede the surrounding environment or disrupt the regular operations of the building or its residents. This efficiency translates into cost savings and reduced project timelines.
With a strong emphasis on safety protocols and rigorous training, rope access technicians can work at heights with enhanced control and safety. This minimises the risks associated with traditional access methods, such as falling objects or structural damage, and enables efficient maneuverability around complex structures.
For more information on the advantages of rope access services over traditional access methods see the linked post
Does rope access limit work capacity on the exterior of the building?
Industrial Rope Access provides greater flexibility in accessing all areas of the building’s facade without the hindrance of scaffolding or mechanical lifts. This leads to a reduction in overall project time, and an increase in efficiency compared to traditional methods.
Anchor Safe Rope Access carefully plan and install anchor points to provide access to all areas and elevations of the building to complete the necessary works. In doing this we optimise the production output on all remedial and coating works.
What are the advantages of having rope access anchors installed on a multi-level building?
The main advantage of having rope access anchors installed on your building is that they offer a cost-effective, low-impact and permanent solution for accessing the facade for routine inspection, cleaning and maintenance.
Traditional access methods require the cost of the installation/removal of the scaffold or hire of the mechanical lift every time an inspection, maintenance work, or emergency repair is required. Alternatively, rope access anchor points carry only a minor annual certification fee.
The installation of roof anchor points not only reduces maintenance and cleaning costs substantially over the life of the building but also enables façade management services that are more efficient and versatile with minimised disruption to the building and its occupants.
How long does it take to set up rope access?
The time required to set up rope access systems can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. In general rope access is known for its efficiency and quick setup, especially when compared to alternative access methods.
The initial installation of certified Industrial Rope Access anchors by Anchor Safe height safety technicians typically takes between one and two days. Once the anchors are installed all successive works will require only 30 minutes on average to set up for a project. For comparison, scaffolding an average-sized building would take a team of 4 – 6 scaffolding installers working over 5 or more days to erect, and then the same period to dismantle.
Is rope access more expensive than other access methods?
Rope access can often be a more cost-effective access method compared to alternatives like scaffolding, cranes, or aerial lifts. In fact, the Industrial Rope Access Industry show that using abseiling can be up to 20% cheaper than scaffolding.
Rope access technicians are highly trained, specialist professionals that typically earn higher wages than general contractors. However, the minimal equipment and setup time, along with efficient and targeted access, result in reduced labour and material costs, making it a cost-efficient choice for many projects.
The cost of rope access can vary depending on factors such as project complexity, duration, and the number of technicians required. Speak to our expert team for a free quote and assessment of your project.
Why is it important to clean a building’s exterior annually?
Cleaning a building’s exterior annually protects the value of your asset, extending its lifespan and reducing maintenance costs. It also ensures that the building reflects the standards of its owners and occupants.
Periodic Façade Cleaning removes airborne pollutants that contaminate the building’s exterior surfaces. In addition to looking dull, these pollutants provide a breeding ground for mould, mildew, and other damaging and harmful growth.
Anchor Safe Rope Access specialises in the cleaning of all exterior surfaces including coated façade walls, glass, concrete, sandstone, brick/blockwork, and tiles.
Why is a façade Inspection important and what does it cover?
Regular Façade Inspections will identify defects, recommend remedial actions, and help prevent major structural complications in the future. By identifying and remedying potential problems early, building owners and managers can prevent them from escalating into major issues, saving costly repairs.
Anchor Safe Rope Access provides digital reports with photographic evidence and diagrams of your building’s façade. The property is mapped out so each elevation, level and location is easily identified with the corresponding section in the report. We strive to deliver a detailed and in-depth consultation so building owners and managers can stay fully informed on the condition of their building and what our investigation uncovers.
For more information on the importance of building façade inspections and the maintenance issues we can identify early, see the linked post.
Why is preventative façade maintenance important?
Preventative Façade Maintenance is crucial for both the visual appeal and structural integrity of a building. A well-maintained façade creates a positive first impression and enhances the overall image and value of the property. Regular maintenance helps prevent deterioration, wear, cracks, and damage, ensuring the façade remains aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.
Regular maintenance helps identify and address issues at an early stage, preventing them from worsening and becoming more costly and extensive to repair. By conducting inspections, cleaning, and necessary repairs, you can prolong the lifespan of the façade, saving significant expenses associated with major restoration or replacement projects.
What is the difference between exterior paint and elastomeric coatings?
The main difference between exterior paint and elastomeric coatings is in their composition and performance characteristics. While both provide a fresh decorative finish to the building, elastomeric membrane coatings will maintain a longer lifespan, give greater protection to the property and require less recoating than exterior paint.
Elastomeric membrane coatings are highly flexible, offering optimised crack bridging capabilities, superior weatherproofing, and reduced pollutant accumulation. It provides a finish with excellent water resistance and barrier properties against moisture ingress, carbonation, and surface cracking, and at the same time significantly improves the building’s aesthetics.
Elastomeric membrane coating film thickness (0.30mm) is 6 times higher than exterior paint (0.05mm) and able to accommodate crack movement up to 2.7mm. It also conforms to Australian Standard AS4548 Long Life Coatings for Masonry, Category 1 and 2.
Will external elastomeric coatings stop interior water leaks?
While elastomeric membrane coatings offer excellent water resistance and act as barriers against moisture, external leaks are rarely the result of water ingress through a membrane coating. Keep in mind that if the membrane coating were the issue, the entire surface would be affected, rather than isolated areas experiencing water leaks.
External leaks often occur due to water entering through gaps or openings in the roof, window frames, guttering, flashing, or other areas. It is important to investigate all elements of the building when addressing water leaks, rather than assuming the membrane coating is at fault.
Anchor Safe Rope Access specialises in inspecting all façade elements. With the ability to access even the most challenging or hard-to-reach areas, we can provide comprehensive inspections, water testing, and written reports on the building’s condition.
What types of services can be performed using rope access?
Anchor Safe Rope Access offers a range of rope access solutions to cover Sydney’s high-rise cleaning, maintenance, and repair needs. Our focus on safety, quality, and reliable industrial rope access and abseil services make Anchor Safe Rope Access the first choice for difficult access solutions in Sydney.
Our team of certified and highly experienced rope access technicians have the skills and expertise to reliably provide the highest quality services to Sydney’s building owners and managers.