Health & Safety
Ensuring the health and safety of our rope access technicians and staff is RopeTeam’s core business value. Above all else, we prioritize providing a safe and secure working environment. We strictly adhere to and exceed all health and safety regulations and standards.
Our management team has over 150 years of combined experience in the rope access industry, and a proficient practical understanding of ensuring safety at all levels. RopeTeam has branches in both Johannesburg and Cape Town and employs over 50 highly qualified rope access technicians to deliver superior technical services, with the most up-to-date equipment, procedures and certifications.
Our director, Elan Band, and his in-house legal team, constantly ensure that all of RopeTeam’s policies, certifications, equipment and requisite Health and Safety files are aligned with national and international regulatory standards.
In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, RopeTeam maintains checks and balances with its Fall Arrest Protection Plan, which provides for:
certified rope access technicians;
the inspection of all equipment by a level 3 rope access technician;
testing and certification of anchor points and / or anchor lines;
training for working at height in line with the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998;
the analysis of rescue procedures for working at height;
the requisite rescue equipment and processes should an emergency situation arise; and
a fully compliant Health and Safety file.
Our rope access technicians have the following certifications, which are SETA accredited and registered with IWH:
Level 1 – Basic rope access and rescue under supervision (US229998 & US230000);
Leve 2 – Advanced rope access, rigging and rescue (US229996); and
Level 3 – Advanced rope access and rescue, rigging and equipment inspection. (US229997 & US230001).
Notably, RopeTeam adheres to section 18 of Construction Regulations, 2014 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, which provides, with respect to rope access work, that:
“(1) A contractor must-
(a) appoint a competent person in writing as a rope access supervisor with the duty of supervising all rope access work on the site, including the duty of ensuring occupational health and safety compliance in relation to rope access work: Provided that the appointment of any such person does not relieve the construction manager of any personal accountability for failing in his management duties in terms of this regulation;
(b) ensure that all rope access work on the construction site is carried out under the supervision of a competent person; and
(c) ensure that all rope access operators are competent and licensed to carry out their work.
(2) No contractor may use or allow the use of rope access work unless-
(a) the design, selection and use of the equipment and anchors comply with the safety standards incorporated for this purpose into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act; and
(b) he or she is in possession of a site specific fall protection plan developed by a competent person applicable to the specific work and environment prior to the commencement of the work, including records of maintenance and inspections of all the equipment used for the work operations.
(3) A contractor must ensure that adequate measures are in place to allow rescue procedures to commence immediately in the event of a fall incident taking place.”
Ultimately, RopeTeam promises the safe and compliant delivery of top-quality and trusted rope access services.