Frequently asked questions
1What defines working at height?
If you are working above ground/floor level, this is classed as working at height Working in conditions where there is a risk of falling from an edge, through and opening or a fragile surface is also working at height. It is also classified as working at height if there is a risk of falling from ground level into a hole in the ground or opening in a floor. Essentially, working at height is any situation where there may be a risk of a fall that is liable to cause personal injury. With this in mind, as your business would be liable should a member of staff be injured working at height, you should always seek out a specialist company with specially trained operatives to carry out jobs such as maintenance work, window cleaning, banner and sign erection, or even pest control. Falling from height remains to the biggest cause of death in the workplace as well as one of the biggest causes of major injury at work. All businesses must adhere to the Work at Height Regulations in order to prevent death or injuries to their employees caused by falling from height.
2What is rope access?
Rope access is a safe way for trained operatives to work at height where ropes, harnesses and other associated equipment are used to gain access to hard-to-reach areas and be safely supported there so they can carry out their work. Rope access has different terms for the type of access method used, the 2 most common methods are: Abseiling – straight, vertical line from top point to lower point or ground level. Example: Banner Installation Aiding – Using great care and attention, an operative progressively works along a horizontal line; typically across secure roof beams or structures. Example: Football Stadium Industrial Painting
3How do I know that someone is trained to work at height?
When looking for a company to carry out important jobs that involve working at height, it is important to look for a company that is a registered member of a South African Rope Access Professional Body. Members ensure that their staff are fully trained to regulated standards, ensuring their safety when working at height using rope access systems.
4What are the main benefits of rope access?
Other than being able to work at height and get to hard to reach surfaces safely, there are a number of benefits to rope access systems: Rope access allows trained operatives to get to and from difficult locations very quickly and carry out their work quickly. As work can be completed much more quickly and with less man power than other access methods, total-man hours can be reduced Rope access has very little impact on other buildings or operations within the vicinity of the building where work at height is carried out