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Rope Access Inspection

Providing safe inspections from great heights

In many inspection and testing situations, accessing equipment located at extreme heights is a challenging proposition. Temporary scaffolding has been the standard approach for accessing such locations, but fixed scaffolding is expensive and time-consuming to install, and often doesn't provide the flexibility necessary to ensure uncompromised access and worker safety.

What is Rope Access?

Rope access involves the application of specialized techniques to safely place workers in hard-to-reach job locations. Technicians use ropes and descend, ascend, and traverse open spaces to access equipment. Rope access inspection represents a proactive approach to hazard identification and risk management, producing a safe and compliant system for work at any height.


Rope access technology is currently used for a wide range of inspection tasks involving hard-to-reach locations. Almost all nondestructive inspection and testing services can be conducted using rope access technology, including real-time radiography, time of flight diffraction (ToFD), manual ultrasonic shear wave (UTSW), alternating current field measurement (ACFM) and other methods.

Rope access has an exemplary safety record as a result of comprehensive guidelines for technique, training and supervision. The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) and International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) guidelines are the recognized industry standards. As such, rope access is a legitimate access alternative in many inspection and testing scenarios.

Conducting plant and facility inspections using rope access technology offers a number of important advantages, including the following benefits:

  • Cost-effective - A rope access inspection can eliminate the need to erect expensive scaffolding
  • Efficient - Rope access systems can be installed and removed quickly, and typically require fewer personnel
  • Versatile - Custom rope-access solutions can be easily designed to meet the needs of unique inspection environments
  • Minimal downtime - Rapid deployment of rope access technology minimizes disruption of normal operations and attendant downtime
  • Increased safety - Rope access technology has an exemplary safety record, with no fatalities and few lost-time incidents

Why Choose TÜV SÜD For Rope Access Inspections?

TÜV SÜD PetroChem professionals hold SPRAT / IRATA Technician certification for rope access inspections and are also certified to Level II and Level III requirements of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and other trade certifications, such as NACE and NCCER. These credentials enable us to provide our clients with efficient and accurate testing and analysis of equipment, regardless of location.

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