4 Unexpected Benefits of Using Industrial Rope Access

The Benefits of Rope Access for High Rise Painting

There are various ways to paint multi-storey buildings, high-rises, or high structures. However, one method is proving to provide a more thorough, accurate, cost-effective, and less time-consuming job: rope access painting.

Below we will look at the many benefits of rope access painting and learn why Abseilers United is an industry leader for rope access technicians in Sydney. Read on to learn more.

What is a rope access technician?

A rope access technician is skilled in the art of abseiling, which involves using harnesses and ropes to ascend and descend a sheer face, like a cliff, building or high structure. When this skill is combined with a trade or service, like painting, an abseiler is often then referred to as a rope access technician.

A rope access technician has a relatively simple rig, consisting of:

  • Main rope system
  • A secondary safety rope system
  • Harness

This rig is attached to an anchor point to which they tether their rig, either a pre-installed anchor on the structure or an anchor point created by the rope access technician themselves. As well as keeping the rope access technician secure and stable, the harness also acts as a utility in which a rope access professional can suspend and stow their tools of trade.

A rope access technician can do an incredibly diverse range of jobs, including:

  • Rope access painting
  • Rope access maintenance
  • Rope access cleaning
  • Rope access glazing and window cleaning
  • Rope access inspections
  • Rope access electricians
  • Rope access plumbers
  • Rope access pest control and much more

Rope access technicians even help other trades where there is an inability to access height-risk work via machinery or other traditional height access methods.

The benefits of rope access painting

Traditionally, when you needed to paint a tall structure, like a high-rise building, you needed to employ painting professionals who relied upon large, bulky equipment that would take up considerable space and take hours, or sometimes days to erect and disassemble.

Examples of these traditional height work utilities include:

  • Scaffolding
  • Scissor lifts
  • Cherry pickers
  • Suspended work platforms
  • Cranes and more

Hiring or supplying these services is expensive and often requires additional costs, like security for public safety, temporary safety barriers, signage, fences, and more.

Sometimes, painting quality is compromised due to architectural anomalies that make parts of a structure challenging to reach with these traditional working platform methods.

This is where a rope access painter comes into play. A rope access technician, like a painter, can traverse a building face with ease, requiring no bulky equipment, which allows them to access every facet of a structure or building unrestricted.

A rope access painter is an effective alternative for both new paint applications and painting maintenance services.

Another significant benefit of using a rope access painter or rope access technician is saving considerable time on the job. Compared to using bulky apparatus and civil machinery, a rope access technician requires much less time to assemble their rig.

For example, scaffolding could take days or weeks to install before work can commence; they need to unload a truck with  scaffolding poles and joiners, secure each part, and check each complex joint for OH&S before work can commence.

A rope access technician could be rigged up in an hour or less, ready to start work immediately, only needing one secure anchor point and a rig check.

The same can be observed post-work, with scaffolding taking approximately the same time to back down, being most of or an entire week, while a rope access technician simply needs to roll up ropes, load their gear, and the job is done.

No equipment sitting overnight for days or weeks, no unsightly industrial mess; you will only notice a rope access technician when they are working.

This time saved translates directly to the cost of the service, making rope access painters significantly cheaper than services that need to add equipment hire or equipment maintenance on top of their fee.

There are also added risks of safety breaches by on-site personnel, building occupants, and bystanders with large height work platforms and machinery with traditional height work rigs.

A rope access painter’s rig is generally out of the way and out of contact with anyone besides the rope access team, requiring no added safety or security measures, saving clients hassle, time and the stress of monitoring and implementing added safety and security measures while painting or other work is being performed.

A rope access painter can perform many other duties as well, including:

  • Acrylic, brick, concrete, cement or stone rendering
  • Crack and patch repairs
  • Timber window and fixture restoration
  • Waterproofing and caulking
  • Rust-proofing and much more

Rope access work may seem dangerous to the initiated. However, rope access technicians have a better work safety record than any other means of height risk work.

So, next time you require painting or maintenance on a multi-story property, high-rise building, or height-restricted structure, consider hiring a rope access painter or rope access technician and experience the difference for yourself.

 In summary

In summary, the main benefits of hiring a rope access painter include:

  • Clean
  • Quick
  • Cost-effective
  • Safe
  • Versatile

Once you use a rope access painter or rope access technician for your height-risk work requirements, you may wonder how you ever got by without them.

Abseilers United: Industry-leading rope access services in Sydney

The rope access team here at Abseilers United are comprised of a diverse range of rope access trade professionals that combine decades of abseiling experience, allowing us to provide a complete range of rope access solutions.

Examples of our comprehensive range of rope access services include, but are not limited to:

  • Installation of height safety systems
  • Full rope access trade technicians
  • Rope access height-risk cleaning and maintenance solutions
  • Rope access confined space services
  • Rigging and lifting solutions
  • Stand by rescue services
  • Industrial rope access and more

The rope access professionals here at Abseilers United have been providing expert, full-service rope access solutions in Sydney since 2007.

For more information about our complete range of rope access solutions or to arrange a free no-obligation quote, call (02) 9976 6768, or send an email to info@abseilersunited.com. Send your inquiry via our online contact form, and one of our representatives will reply promptly.

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How Much Weight Should An Anchor Point Hold?

Rope access technicians are fast becoming the preferred option for high-risk services and maintenance solutions on a range of jobs and tasks traditionally performed on equipment like elevated work platforms, pulley operated work platforms, or scaffolding.

Rope access workers can perform most jobs that require these heavy equipment mediums with minimal equipment and less disruption to a business or facility’s daily operations.

Often, rope access professionals can complete work faster and safer than these traditional services, saving property owners and managers significantly on equipment hire costs, added safety measures for bystanders, and time on the job.

What is a rope access technician?

A rope access technician is a qualified abseiler, also known as a rappeller.

Abseiling uses fixed rope systems and harnesses, allowing an abseiler or rope access technician to safely and securely ascend and descend a sheer face, like a cliff or a high-rise building. This rig also enables them to lock themselves in place when performing work.

Examples of the type of work that employs rope access technicians include:

  • Height access window cleaning
  • Building cleaning, maintenance and repair
  • Confined space work
  • Stand by rescue
  • Rigging
  • Lifting and much more

An abseiling specialist usually works on a two rope system, one that attaches to their harness, allowing them to move up and down and shift left and right, and one as a safety arrest in the unlikely event of a rope system failure.

These ropes attach to the structure, like a building, by what are known as anchor points.

Often, on a high rise building, anchor points are pre-planned during the building’s design and are permanently installed in strategic places around the building for rope access technicians to utilise.

Different anchor points can be installed or utilised on a building or rooftop.

Different types of anchor point

The type of anchor point that is selected for rope access applications can depend on several things, including:

  • The height of the work
  • The kind of work required
  • The weight of the technician and equipment required
  • The predictability of weather conditions in a given location
  • State and Government OH&S specifications and more

Below, we will look at common anchor point types used for height-safety specialists and rope access technicians.

Even though rope access anchor points installation usually occurs during a building or structure’s design and construction, other rope access anchor points are used when permanent fixtures are not in place.

Surface mount anchor point

A surface mount anchor point is easy to install and generally used on metal-clad rooftops for fall arrest or restraint during maintenance and repair.

Concrete mount anchor point

A concrete mount anchor point is fixed into a concrete surface, such as a wall or rooftop and is either chemically fixed or fitted with a torque anchor. This is a prevalent anchor point installed with abseiling and rope access professionals in mind.

Surface mount anchor points

Surface mount anchor points are often used when rope access technicians are required to ascend over the side of a building when there is nowhere to install a concrete mount.

These common anchor points will generally have a ring, eyelet, or D-shackle for the rope access technician to attach his ropes and attachments.

Temporary anchor points

A skilled and experienced rope access technician will create a temporary rope access anchor point when no anchor point is available on a structure.

They are adept at assessing and isolating structures and fixtures that will make a secure anchor point using slings, cables and other utilities to create a safe point on which to attach their rig.

A permanent anchor point will have a government-mandated recommended weight load capacity that must be strictly adhered to. However, the rope access technician and their tools will generally fall well under that weight restriction.

If a temporary anchor point is created, the rope access technician is trained to assess that anchor point’s weight capacity. Often, the temporary anchor point will be tethered to a structural part of the building that far exceeds the strength the technician requires.

Portable anchor points

Portable rope access anchor points come in various configurations and sizes, including:

  • Slimline roof mount anchorages
  • Modular rigs
  • Tripod systems and more

This is just another example of how versatile a rope access technician can be and how flexible their scope of work is in a diverse range of industries.

How much weight can an anchor point hold?

As previously discussed, an anchor point will always have a set weight load capacity, which must be strictly adhered to under OH&S laws in Australia.

The standard for anchor point load capacity in Australia and New Zealand comes under the AS/NZS 5532, part of the AS/NZS 1891 suite of standards for fall arrest systems governed by SafeWork Australia.

These weight load regulations are rated in measurements of force known as KiloNewtons or kN for short. The strength of an anchorage utility must include the extra pressure exerted on the anchor if the technician drops up to two meters.

The standard AS/NZS 5532 prescribes:

  • For 15kN, or single-person fall arrest use, drop a 100kg load through 2 metres
  • For 21kN, or two-person use, drop 150kg through 2 metres

Both of these standards must also be able to hold that load for three minutes after the drop without showing any signs of compromised structural integrity, like breaking or cracking.

These standards are established by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) after rigorous scientific testing.

Rope access technician Sydney

Call Abseilers United today if you require experienced and reliable rope access technicians in Sydney and surrounding areas.

We provide industry-leading solutions for a complete range of rope access services, including:

  • Height safety
  • Licenced trades
  • Building maintenance
  • Abseiling services and more

We strive to stay at the forefront of rope access solutions in Australia, providing world-class solutions to a wide range of Australian portable and industries.

To learn more about our diverse range of rope access solutions, contact our helpdesk on (02) 9976 6768, or send your inquiry to info@abseilersunited.com, and one of our consultants will respond promptly.

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How Often Should A Window Be Cleaned?

Rope access window cleaning is one of the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective ways to service and clean windows on high-rise and multi-story buildings.

However, it is not always clear how often a building manager or property owner should book these services or what indicates that your windows need maintenance.

In this article, we shall discuss:

  • The importance of window cleaning
  • How often a high-rise or multi-storey property should have its windows cleaned
  • Why a rope access technician does a superior job

We will also discuss why Abseilers United are industry leaders for rope access window cleaning, Sydney, and surrounding NSW communities. Read on to learn more.

The importance of window cleaning

The facade of most commercial and residential multi-storey properties are predominately made up of windows.

This not only makes a building’s windows the first thing people see when they notice a property on the skyline; it also makes windows the most exposed surface area getting hit by the natural elements such as city pollution and other contaminants.

The windows of a high-rise building are under constant exposure and attack by elements such as:

  • High-winds
  • UV radiation
  • Rain
  • Oxidation
  • Pollen
  • Airborne dust, dirt and grime
  • Pollution
  • Bird and pest secretions
  • City smog and other contaminants

These pollutants and contaminants build up on the glass between professional cleanings, reducing visibility for the building’s occupants, and leaving your building looking dirty and untidy.

This grime build-up also reduces the quality of light reaching the properties occupants and any plant life residing within the residential or commercial spaces.

Although glass is a very robust material, and windows are designed to withstand such aggressive environmental factors, these contaminants can start to degrade the windows if left too long, leaving scratches that dirt and grime can work their way into.

A rope access technician can ensure your windows have a regularly scheduled clean, helping building management take optimal care of the property while maintaining the quality of light reaching the buildings’ occupants and providing an unobstructed view of the properties surroundings.

How often should a window be cleaned?

As previously discussed, regular cleaning of your high-rise properties windows is essential for effective building maintenance. However, how often pollution and contamination build-up on windows can depend on many factors that uniquely affect different locations.

Some of these factors can include:

  • Height of the building
  • General weather patterns
  • Pollen counts
  • Seasonal change
  • Distance from the ocean
  • Air salinity
  • Glass types and styles
  • Types of protective coating on the glass and more

Temperature can also play a factor. For example, if you have a windy, dusty day, followed by rain, chased up by a spell of hot weather, you may find your windows will need to be cleaned outside of your regular schedule.

If you have never considered these factors, you may see that this question has no straightforward answer.

However, be it a traditional house or a high-rise building, your windows should be cleaned at least once or twice a year as a bare minimum.

The benefits of rope access window cleaning

In the past, window cleaners relied heavily on cumbersome pulley-driven platform systems, scaffolding, or height access machinery to clean the windows of a multi-storey building effectively.

These types of utilities take a long time to set up. They are also very costly and potentially require additional services and staff to facilitate, like public safety and security measures.

As an example, rope access professionals, like an Abseilers United rope access technician, can set up, execute the job, and pack down in a fraction of the time of these other services.

For example, an elevated work platform could take up to two hours to set up, require 10 hours for the job, and need two hours to pack down.

In comparison, a rope access technician would need under an hour to rig up, have the job finished in 7-hours, and pack down in under an hour again. This can make a big difference when it’s time to pay the account.

A rope access team also needs no platforms, scaffolding, or other equipment to get the job done. Instead, a rope access technician simply needs an anchor point that is often pre-installed on most modern high-rise buildings.

When circumstances call for such, these highly-trained abseilers are adept at isolating their anchor points on sturdy structures.

Abseiling professionals work on a basic primary and secondary safety rope system that is much safer than rigs or civil machinery. They also need no security or safety personnel to guard or command bystanders, saving even more money on extra resources for the same job.

When is the best time to schedule rope access window cleaning?

The best time of year to schedule your rope access window cleaning will depend significantly on where your property is situated.

A rope access technician in your local area will know the weather and seasonal changes that occur in your property’s location and can advise on the best times to book.

There are pros and cons to getting your windows cleaned in each season; however, spring is generally the most popular time. It is best to discuss your unique situation with a rope access professional to determine your best action plan.

Double pane, also known as double glazed windows, are better cleaned in the warmer months to take advantage of faster drying times, leaving fewer streaks and preventing unwanted moisture and potential mold growth from occurring between the panes of glass.

Rope Access Window Cleaning Sydney

Abseilers united are industry-leaders for rope access window cleaning, Sydney and surrounding New South Wales suburbs.

Our expert team of rope access technicians strive to remain at the forefront of the rope access industry. Our abseiling techs undergo regular retraining and upskilling to ensure the highest quality of work while maintaining or exceeding all OH&S protocols for the rope access industry.

We offer a complete range of rope access window cleaning solutions for all building types, including:

  • Residential Buildings
  • Strata Managed Buildings
  • Commercial and High Rise
  • Industrial and Construction Sites and more

To learn more about our range of services for rope access window cleaning Sydney, contact our helpful consultants today via phone or email.

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Why Is Rope Access Technician an Important Job of the Future?

Many abseiling enthusiasts are looking to turn their passion into a career as a rope access technician. This is currently a fast-growing industry that finds new uses for this skill set all the time.

However, is the rope access technician industry a fad, and is it a future-proof job? Current data trends show that rope access work is here to stay.

This article will discuss the many benefits of utilising rope access technicians for height risk work and why Abseilers United are industry-leading service providers for supplying a rope access technician in Sydney.

Rope access technician: a future-proof solution

When people think about height risk jobs, they tend to think about more traditional height-access methods, such as:

  • Scaffolding
  • Scissor lifts
  • Cranes
  • Window cleaning platforms
  • Cherry pickers and more

Common sense would seem that the safest way to work at heights is with a sturdy platform underfoot. However, statistically, rope access technicians have a significantly better safety record than all of these traditional height work methods.

So, what is a rope access technician, why is it a safer method of performing height risk work, and why is the industry seeing so much growth? Read on to learn more. 

What is a rope access technician?

A rope access technician is a highly skilled worker trained and experienced in the art of abseiling.

Abseiling, also known as rappelling, is the skill of controlling the ascent or descent of an abseiler off a sheer face, such as a cliff or high-rise buildings, utilising harnesses, ropes and rope friction systems.

Rope access presents a range of benefits over other height-risk access modalities. A rope access technician can also perform a vast amount of the height risk work traditionally conducted with machinery and height access platforms.

Benefits of rope access

There are several factors that set rope access work apart from other height and high-risk work modalities.

Safety

Safety is the number one priority of a rope access technician, and the secret to their safe working record is due to several factors that set them apart from other height access methods.

Rope access professionals utilise two separate rope systems to perform their work; a mainline to control their ascent and descent and a fail-safe line that kicks in should the mainline fail. A well-trained, experienced rope access technician is also adept at finding a secure ‘anchor point’ on which to rig his rope and harness system, ensuring both rope systems are secure.

Many high-rise buildings are designed with various types of anchor points to provide height-risk and abseiling professionals with safe access to the facilities height-risk areas and external faces. Rope technicians work in pairs as a bare minimum, ensuring that help is always available in an emergency.

Tools and utilities are also tethered to the rope access technician to ensure that staff, other workers and bystanders are not at risk of falling objects should a technician lose grip.

This reduces or prevents the risk of catastrophe for both workers and bystanders and can potentially negate expensive insurance claims with heavy excess fees if something was to go wrong.

Efficiency

It takes considerably less time for a rope access technician to set up and pack down his rig compared to other height access machinery and methods, like scaffolding.

As an example, work using a scaffolding system can take approximately 32-hours from start to finish:

  • 12-hours set-up time
  • Eight hours of productivity
  • 12-hours for pack down

In comparison, the same job performed by a rope access technician would take approximately 10-hours:

  • One hour for set-up
  • Eight-hours of productivity
  • One-hour for pack down

A rope access rig also minimises disruption to the surrounding commerce or civil activity, allowing business to continue.

Cost-effectiveness

Rope access technicians’ safety and efficiency factors transfer directly into operations costs, meaning significant savings for rope access clients.

Clients, like property managers, not only save significantly on operations hours. They can also save on council permits for heavy machinery and added security measures while work is being performed.

Versatility

Rope access technicians can reach places other high-risk professionals can not; this makes them a versatile option for a wide range of height access and high-risk applications.

Window cleaning and maintenance

A rope access professional can often perform window cleaning and maintenance duties on high-rise and multi-story structures more thoroughly and efficiently than a trade professional on a traditional platform rig. This makes rope access a popular option for facilities like high-rises, multi-storey residential buildings, and industrial complexes.

Rope access electrician

There are many reasons that electricians may need to access high spaces or long drop confined spaces. From mining to multi-story building maintenance, working with electricity is dangerous enough without adding fall hazards to the job.

A rope access technician can perform all essential electrical maintenance and repair work, including jobs like:

  • Electrical tower work
  • Underground confined space electrical work
  • External electrical maintenance
  • Height risk lighting work
  • Security technology integration
  • Electrical safety inspections and more

If you are looking for a rope access electrician in Sydney, contact one of the abseiling professionals here at Abseilers United. We work to the highest safety and performance standards and has provided solutions by expert rope access electricians in Sydney for the last decade.

Other rope access professions

A rope access technician can safely, efficiently and cost-effectively perform the work of many other trades and other specialist operations.

Examples of some of these trades and specialist services include, but are not limited to:

  • Building defect rectification
  • Glazing installation and repair
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Pest control
  • Plumbing
  • Signwriting
  • Rigging and lifting
  • Confined space access
  • Standby rescue and more

The future looks bright for the rope access industry, and services will likely continue to expand over the next decade.

Whether you are looking to become a skilled rope access technician or are looking for abseiling services for height-risk work, there has never been a better time to align yourself with this versatile industry.

Abseilers United’s expert rope access team has provided services for rope access technicians in Sydney and surrounding areas since 2007. Every crew member possesses the highest industry qualifications in Australia, Europe, and the USA.

For more information about our comprehensive range of rope access services, call us by phone, or send your enquiry via our online contact porthole.

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The Benefits of Rope Access Technician in Building Construction

When building and construction professionals think of abseiling and rope access technician, they often consider these expert tradespeople as primarily providing cleaning and maintenance solutions.

However, did you know that rope access technicians also provide expert trade services for the construction industry in fields like electrical, painting and plumbing? Read on to learn more.

Rope access in building construction and maintenance

Rope access professionals offer more than just cleaning, inspections, and maintenance services. Below we will look at some of the many trades that a rope access technician can provide a construction or building development professional.

Rope Access Electricians

A qualified electrical rope access technician can provide electrical installation and repair solutions that other trades can’t reach, providing a safer work environment with less intrusive equipment and machinery.

Electrical trade work, an electrical rope access technician can provide  but are not limited to:

  • Electrical fitting and fixtures
  • New cabling and wiring
  • Signage and advertising solutions
  • High-rise lighting conductor work
  • CCTV and security technologies
  • Confined space three-phase wiring
  • LED light conversions
  • Antenna and data work
  • Height electrical safety installation
  • Electrical audits, inspections and more

Rope access electrical technicians can generally get a job done with less mess and less time than a tradesperson utilising more common height access equipment and machinery.

Rope Access Glazing and windows

Height-risk window cleaning is one of the most common things that come to mind when thinking of abseiling and rope access professionals.

However, rope access technicians can provide total glazing and window sealing solutions, be it for a new residential or commercial construction, or simply to replace a broken or faulty window.

Rope Access Urban landscaping

The world of building and construction has gone green, and as we move into a more environmentally sustainable future, we can see trends towards more vegetation in our urban spaces.

Examples of landscaping and ecological solutions that a rope access technician can perform include:

  • Weed control
  • Rockfall mesh and geotextile matting
  • Herbicide spraying
  • Plant pest control and more

Whether creating a sky-high urban forest or maintaining a large indoor vertical garden, a rope access technician can provide a cost-effective high-risk horticultural and landscaping solution.

Rope Access Painting and rendering

Modern construction materials have paved the way for incredibly complex architectural structures that boggle the mind and please the eye.

However, some of the incredible features in modern architecture have painting requirements that present a dangerous challenge to traditional paint tradespeople. A rope access technician can provide a less invasive, safer and cheaper solution for your height-restricted painting requirements.

Rope Access Pest control

The urban landscape is home to some of the world’s most resilient pests, many of which thrive from city and suburban conditions, and these pests love to hide in places that are hard for humans to get to.

These pests could include:

  • Rats and mice
  • Cockroaches
  • Bees and wasps
  • Silverfish
  • Millipedes
  • Invasive birds and more

A rope access pest control professional leaves these pests with no place to hide, providing an ideal solution for height-restricted areas where pests are a problem.

Rope Access Plumbing

High-rise construction can provide significant design challenges where plumbing and stormwater are concerned.

When things go wrong with height restricted plumbing, repair and maintenance can be even more complicated, whether on a construction site or in a completed complex.

Rope access plumbers can turn a nightmare plumbing situation into an easy fix by avoiding the need for cranes, cherry pickers, scissor lifts or large scale solutions, like platforms and scaffolding.

If you require a rope access plumber in Sydney and surrounding NSW regions, contact the team here at Abseilers United today for a consultation and estimate.

Signs and banners

High-rise signage is a multi-billion dollar industry that offers building owners and site managers considerable profits by simply providing a space for advertising.

The downside of large scale signage installation and maintenance is that it presents a significant height risk for cleaners, electrical installation and repair experts, and other signage professionals.

A rope access technician can safely access all electrical signage with little fuss and have the job completed in significantly less time.

Stonemasonry

Height restricted stone masonry can provide a real challenge when adding finishing touches to a completed building project or resolving damage or repair issues on an existing structure.

A rope access stonemason can provide the ideal solution for your height-restricted masonry work, including:

  • Attend to weathered or defective work
  • Architectural stone carving
  • Repair work
  • Rubble walling
  • Drystone walling and more

Rope access stonemasons can provide an efficient, effective and affordable solution for all your high-risk stonemasonry requirements.

Height safety assessment and solutions

Rope access technicians are not the only trades who will have to perform work that involves a fall risk on any given construction site.

Rope access professionals, like the team here at Abseilers United, can provide inspections, assessments and solutions for all high-risk work sites.

Examples of height safety services that rope access trade professionals can provide include:

  • Fall arrest systems and maintenance
  • Custom height safety systems
  • Safety lines
  • Track systems
  • Temporary and permanent guide rails
  • High-rise walkways and handrails
  • Ladders, safety nets and more

Never before have there been so many cost-effective solutions for height safety for commercial, industrial and residential buildings and construction sites.

The many benefits of rope access technicians

Unlike other high-risk trade work, a rope access technician won’t require large, expensive and dangerous apparatus and machinery to perform their job.

All an abseiling trade professional requires is a safe anchor point from which to ascend or descend. Aside from abseiling tickets and trade-related training, rope access work also requires no licence to operate machinery and requires fewer permits and red tape to begin work on-site.

In the building and construction industry, time is money. A rope access technician can often set up and pack down in less than half the time of other height-restricted trade workers.

That means rope access provides reduced hourly costs while less obstruction to other trades working on the site.

Utilising a team of rope access professionals for your trade work and maintenance is also often a more environmentally friendly option, requiring less power, fuel and other harmful environmental practices; all the more reason to consider a rope access trade team for your building and construction requirements and solutions.

Rope access technician in Sydney

The rope access technicians here at Abseilers United can perform all trade-related rope access work on your construction job or high-rise building development project in Sydney and the surrounding NSW regions.

Other services that we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Rope access window cleaning
  • Height-restricted caulking, sealing and waterproofing services
  • Brick pointing
  • Pressure cleaning
  • Confined space work
  • Rigging and lifting
  • Stand by rescue and more

To book a rope access technician in Sydney, contact one of our friendly staff today via phone or email to book a consultation.

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The Benefits of a Rope Access Technician for Building Maintenance

Building maintenance for high-rise and multi-storey buildings is a high-risk job that is not for the fainthearted. Rope Access technician is essential with such kind of maintenance. 

Traditional EWP (elevated work platform), cranes and scaffolding rigs used for maintenance services like window cleaning is expensive to set up, pose a significant risk of harm to workers and bystanders if something goes wrong, and risks substantial damage to the property.

Abseiling professionals, more commonly known as rope access technicians, use their unique skills to more accurately and safely access a multi-floor property for construction, repairs and routine building maintenance.

Read on to learn about the many benefits of hiring rope access technicians for building maintenance and why Abseilers United is the best choice for providing a rope access technician in Sydney and surrounding areas.

What is a rope access technician?

A rope access technician is highly trained in the art of abseiling, also known as rappelling, which is the use of ropes and rigs to provide a controlled ascent or descent to a sheer face, like a cliff or a multi-story construction.

When it comes to high rise building window maintenance, a rope access technician can perform jobs that require lightweight and minimalistic tools and equipment.

What kind of jobs can a rope access technician perform?

Rope access technicians can perform various specialty jobs on large constructions, from scheduled maintenance to general cleaning.

Some examples of the many building maintenance solutions that a rope access technician can perform include, but are not limited to:

  • Window cleaning
  • External painting and repainting
  • Rust removal and treatment
  • Repair work
  • Building inspections and reports
  • Safety and quality control inspections
  • Rigging
  • Electrical and other trade work
  • Minor construction and renovations work
  • Pest control and more

Rope access technicians require nothing more than a safe anchor point and favourable weather to operate and can work on nearly any high-rise structure you can imagine.

Examples of structures that rope access professionals can provide maintenance services to include:

  • Buildings
  • Towers
  • Bridges
  • Radio masts
  • Churches
  • Dams
  • Large community complexes
  • Sporting stadiums
  • Performance stages and more

A seasoned rope access technician is something to behold when they are in action. Rope access companies like Abseiler United genuinely are the most versatile solution for high-rise building maintenance.

What are the benefits of hiring a rope access technician over other services?

Unlike other high-rise and multi-storey building maintenance solutions, rope access professionals require much less space and equipment.

They also do not need bulky mechanical utilities and elevated work platforms such as:

  • Scissor lifts
  • Cranes
  • Pulley operated platforms
  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders and more

Because rope access technicians do not require EWPs (elevated work platforms) and other bulky equipment, there is no need to block any traffic, restrict car park access, or provide safety officers and security to redirect foot traffic.

All a rope access technician needs to perform their duties is a secure anchor point to attach their rope and harnesses and safe weather conditions in which to work.

What is an anchor point?

An anchor point is a safe, sturdy, or custom-designed attachment that tethers the rope access technician and fall-safety system to the building or structure.

On a construction site or a high structure, in most cases, the rope access technician can create their anchor point utilising a safety-approved custom rig, like a flexible pull-through anchor.

Most high rise buildings and multi-story complexes are designed with anchor points for scheduled maintenance.

These anchor points could include:

  • Concrete eyelet
  • Purlin mount anchor
  • Removable anchors
  • Top mount anchors and more

If you are unsure whether your building has pre-installed anchor points, contact a team of rope access professionals like the ones here at Abseilers United for more advice.

Are rope access technicians cost-effective?

Rope access technicians can be significantly cheaper than EWP services. Aside from not needing to pass on excessive machine hire or equipment maintenance costs to their customers, rope access technicians also require less time for operations.

BMU, EWP and scaffolding vs rope access

Below are some approximate examples and comparisons of the potential time differences between EWP and scaffolding protocols compared to rope access technicians.

Elevated Work Platform building maintenance operations

  • 2-hours set up
  • 10-hours for operations
  • 2-hours pack up

A typical EWP maintenance, repair or inspection operation could take up to 14-hours to complete.

This is more than the average eight-hour workday, meaning site managers, staff or security may require overtime while the operators perform their tasks, costing you more than just the services provided by the EWP team.

Scaffolding building maintenance operations

  • 12-hour set up
  • Eight hours of work time
  • 12-hours to pack up

As you can see, the time it takes to set up and take down a safe scaffolding system is longer than the job takes to perform, making scaffolding a very costly exercise for potentially no added benefits.

Building maintenance unit (BMU)

  • One-hour induction
  • Six-hour operations
  • One hour to clear site

To set up a structure with a BMU can cost hundreds of thousands in capital, with annual operations and maintenance costs in the thousands. These bulky and cumbersome systems can generally be avoided by hiring a rope access technician.

Rope access technician building maintenance operations

  • One-hour set up
  • Eight to ten-hour operations
  • One-hour clear site

What can take other building maintenance services days or even a week to complete can be performed by a team of rope access technicians in eight to 10-hours on average.

In summary

Rope access technicians are the perfect choice for the savvy building manager, property owner or high-rise structure safety and maintenance officer.

To summarise the many benefits of hiring a rope access technician for your building maintenance, rope access teams offer:

  • Safer work sites
  • Cost-effective building maintenance operations
  • Less disruption to regular site operations
  • Less time for the operation to be completed
  • Less risk to bystanders and passers-by
  • Less overtime for in-house staff and security
  • Less on-site maintenance equipment required

Rope access technicians also provide a  slightly less, more streamlined operation, meaning your building’s architecture and aesthetics are less affected while operations are being conducted.

Abseilers United Sydney

As well as rope access building maintenance, Abseilers United also offers a range of other high-risk services, such as:

  • Height safety and building anchor point solutions
  • A range of licensed rope access trade solutions
  • Confined space operators
  • Rigging and lifting
  • Stand by rescue and more

Contact the team here at Abseilers United today if you require advice or would like to book a consultation and quote with a rope access technician in Sydney.

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What are Anchor Points in Construction?

High-risk and rope access professionals, like window cleaners and confined space workers, must follow the most intensive safety codes during their working hours. Attention to detail and stringent safety protocols are required to avoid potentially life-changing or fatal fall hazards if something goes wrong with their equipment or to the anchor points to which people are tethered.

Other industries that require specialty fall safety equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Rope access caulking and sealing services
  • Roof accessors and restoration trades
  • High-rise construction specialists
  • Brick pointing professionals
  • Signage professionals and installers
  • Remote and confined access technicians
  • Rope access maintenance tradespeople
  • Waterproofing trades
  • Rope access pressure cleaners and more

One thing that all these professions require as a primary piece of safety equipment is a robust and reliable rope anchor and the knowledge to correctly identify an anchor point on the structure with which you are working.

You also must be confident, methodical and strategic, with anchor point installation protocols carried out by you and the rest of your rope access team. 

Although other safety measures can be put in place in case of failure, most of these circumstances can be avoided entirely by proper anchor points installation techniques. Read on to learn more.

Rope access anchor point 101

There is a wide range of rope access anchors for different applications. Therefore, the kind of anchor you select would be dependent on what kind of anchor point is available in any given situation.

The shape and nature of any given rope access anchor will depend on its applications. These could include structures and surfaces like:

  • Corrugated or tiled roofs
  • Flat-faced or tiered high-rise structures
  • Exhaust and smokestacks
  • Glass front high-rises
  • Pylons or electrical towers
  • Deep holes and confined spaces
  • Large scale signage and more

It is essential to use the right tools for the right job, especially when selecting critical safety equipment like rope access anchors.

Some of the different kinds of rope access anchors you may use as an abseiling professional  include, but are not limited to:

  • Window links
  • Concrete links
  • Eyebolt links
  • Rafter links
  • Surface mount links and more

The various types of rope access anchors available will have two things in common: a unique fastening system and load rating.

While the application of any given anchor will be evident to most rope access professionals, the load rating will vary depending on various factors, such as:

  • The weight of the user
  • The amount of equipment being carried and its weight
  • The OH&S requirements and specification of the site
  • The conditions you are working in and more

The team members and affiliates here at Abseilers United work tirelessly to remain at the forefront of high-risk rope access and abseiling developments and adhere to the most stringent protocols while using the most current rope access safety equipment available.

We strive for excellence in our field and ensure all measures are taken for the safety of our technicians, affiliated professionals, our clients and the public.

What are anchor points in construction?

Now we have discussed what a rope access anchor is; we must examine how they are applied. So, what is an anchor point in construction?

Rope access or abseiling professionals in the construction industry could be working on any type of construction. These structures could include:

  • High-rise residential apartments
  • Multi-story housing
  • Multi-level corporate or high-rise office buildings
  • Community facilities and sports centres
  • Large scale sport and entertainment complexes 
  • Industrial complexes and more

Depending on the type of structure or surface an abseiling professional will be descending will denote what kind of rope access anchor that will be used.

The rope access anchor provides a strong and reliable point for the abseiler to attach their rope for safe descent and ascent.

For a structure to qualify for an anchor point under Australian OH&S standards, the point at which the anchor is attached must be able to withstand 5,000-pounds of force, per-person connected to the rope system. 

This means it must be able to withstand twice as much force as that could be applied if a rope access professional was to suffer a fall during their descent or ascent.

An essential skill when utilising a rope access anchor is identifying and performing effective anchor point installations.

The most challenging aspect of selecting an adequate anchor point in cases where the abseiling professional must install one themselves is that it is nearly impossible to calculate the exact force a fall could impose.

Depending on the building design and management and safety protocols, rope access anchor points may be permanently installed on the structure or building. This is most common on high-rise or multi-level buildings that require regularly scheduled cleaning and maintenance on the building’s facade.

Permanent anchor points like concrete anchors or mast anchor points are often strategically placed during the structure’s design. 

These points have been optimised for safe and trustworthy access to the building’s face for all rope access professionals who may work on the construct.

The team here at Abseilers United are industry leaders for anchor point installation and high rise window cleaning in Sydney and surrounding areas. All our work meets or exceeds Australian occupational health and safety standards and comes with a clear and concise report.

Unsafe anchor points

While what is considered to be a good anchor point in construction can be diverse, there are some structures you must avoid for anchor point installations.

Utilities and structures you must avoid using for rope access anchor points include, but are not limited to:

  • Scaffolding
  • Hand and guard rails
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Electrical equipment like air conditioners and generators
  • Wiring looms and harnesses.
  • Floating stairs and ladders
  • Rebar and star droppers
  • Vents, ductwork and more

If at any point you are unsure or concerned about the safety or condition of a rope access anchor point, it is best not to take any risks.

Contact your manager, supervisor or site manager to discuss your concerns, and only carry out work when all steps in your safety protocols can be carried out and accounted for.

Anchor Points Specialists – Abseilers United Sydney 

The team here at Abseilers United is at the forefront of rope access technology and application. Our experienced team of rope access experts can perform work on all building types across all industries.

If you need reliable and trustworthy advice or services for rope access and high-risk professionals, contact our friendly staff today to arrange a consultation.

 

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How Do You Clean High-Rise Windows?

Sydney’s skyline is full of iconic landmarks, architectural masterpieces and imposing skyscrapers. As a collective, they offer a stunning panoramic and walking amongst the high-rise buildings is an experience in itself; and reminds you how big Sydney is.

Now, think of all the high-rise buildings within the CBD and the ongoing maintenance needed to keep them aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Absurd.

One maintenance task that cannot be forgotten is high rise window cleaning. 

Dirty and stained windows on strata, residential and commercial high rise buildings can cause an unpleasant appearance, restricted viewing, obstructed natural light and unhygienic environments. For these reasons, high rise window cleaning must be routinely performed by a professional service like Abseilers United for safe and optimum results.

But how do you clean high rise windows?

There is only one real option for high rise window cleaning: the traditional washer and squeegee by rope access technician in Sydney. 

Other options such as water-fed pole systems, extensions poles, scissor lifts, and booms are helpful but limited when high rise window cleaning is concerned.

What is rope access window cleaning?

Scaling up a high rise is not always viable; therefore, abseiling down the building is a trusted method to reach windows in difficult to reach places. Rope access technicians rig up safe abseiling systems and repel down high-rise buildings with complete control to access the windows that need cleaning.

Rope access window cleaning needs to be performed by a qualified rope access technician that has the necessary rope access window cleaning training to complete the job competently and safely.

Having the right tools for the rope access Sydney job

When cleaning windows, it helps to have the right tools for the job. When performing rope access window cleaning, it is non-negotiable as there is no room for error and the time spent in precarious positions need to be limited. 

Therefore having the right tools for the job will ensure all rope access window cleaning is done safely, effectively, and efficiently.

From the bucket and squeegee to the scraper and tool belt, all tools have a purpose and must be reliable, especially when working at heights. Abseilers United is equipped with the quality tools to perform professional cleaning on all rope access Sydney jobs.

More than just a squeegee

Those unfamiliar with high rise window cleaning may be surprised by the vast range of squeegees available. For rope access technicians, a squeegee is their prized possession. They invest good money in a quality squeegee to help their performance and high rise window cleaning results when suspended many metres from the ground.

There are important features to consider like swivel handles, clip points and disassembly of the handle, channel and rubber to help with commuting, storage, and cleaning. Squeegees from reputable brands will ensure windows are left streak-free and save valuable time by avoiding recleaning that may be needed when using stock standard squeegees. 

Squeegee size can range from 4 inches to 24 inches, and rope access technicians will have a range of options to suit all rope access Sydney jobs.

Squeegee Rubber

Squeegee rubbers that can be turned and replaced when worn are vital to continue a squeegee’s lifespan. So too is the squeegee versatility in using different rubbers to suit the rope access technician preference.

Other essential equipment for high rise window cleaning

Bucket

A bucket may seem obvious, but it needs to be adequate to fit the squeegee and hold ample cleaning solutions without being an inconvenience and safety hazard.

Mop

A high rise window cleaning mop is essential to wash the window and remove any tough marks and stains. The basic t-bar and sleeve design are standard within the industry, coming in either fixed or swivel varieties. 

The machine-washable removable sleeve comes in a few different types. The standard soft wash, the ‘porcupine’ with plastic teeth, and the scourer for stubborn stains are most used.

For rope access technicians, a water retention mop is a highly beneficial option as it reduces the visit to the bucket, saving valuable time and minimising movements.

Scraper

Scrapers are pretty self-explanatory. They scrape off tough marks like bird droppings and insect marks, both common on rope access Sydney jobs. A convenient pocket size scraper is the most popular choice for a rope access technician; however, they will have larger scrapers at hand when required.

It is vital to have the skills to use a scraper correctly, not to scratch the window, causing permanent damage.

Detergent

Whether it’s a professional cleaning solution or a secret homemade formula, every rope access technician will have their detergent of choice. 

As long as it removes stains, cleans the glass, lubricates the window surface, and leaves the window looking sparkling clean, it is considered sufficient.

Tool Belt

A tool belt is an excellent accessory that many rope access technicians use for high rise window cleaning. Tool belts help free up the hands and give adequate support to store things like scrapers, rags and phones. 

Tool belts can also carry a small bucket to hold a mop and squeegee when they are not being used.

High rise window cleaning experience and qualifications

When looking for a rope access Sydney company to perform high rise window cleaning, they must have industry experience and qualifications. High rise window cleaning is a specialised job that comes with many safety hazards. 

No high rise building is the same, and many have challenging architectural features. High rise window cleaning experience will ensure the rope access window cleaning job is performed without hassle or delay. 

Undertaking the appropriate training to ensure rope access technicians are qualified to work safely at heights is vital. The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) qualification is an internationally recognised rope access certification that provides a safe method of working at heights.

Abseilers United, the rope access window cleaning specialists

For 15 years, Abseilers United rope access technicians are the rope access Sydney experts in heights safety and building maintenance. All their rope access technicians are IRATA, and SPRAT qualified, meaning they will perform rope access window cleaning to the necessary Australian and international standards.

Contact Abseilers United today, and let the rope access window cleaning specialist leave your windows looking sparkling clean.

 

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The Benefits of Hiring Rope Access Window Cleaning

Rope Access Window Cleaning: Whether your building is a three-story retail outlet, multi-story corporate building, or residential high-rise, your windows cop a lot more wear and tear than you may realise. This is because your building’s windows and facades are under constant stress and pressure from the seasons and elements. 

Every day, year in, year out, your windows and exterior fixtures are facing the onslaught of:

  • High-winds
  • Rain and hail
  • Harsh UV radiation exposure
  • Contaminants and pollutants
  • Dirt and grime
  • Extreme heat
  • Cold temperatures and more

If regularly scheduled cleaning, inspection and maintenance of your windows are neglected, you may be compromising the structural integrity and longevity of one of your building’s most critical components.

Window cleaning also helps to provide optimal light for the well being of occupants, pets and plants. One of the most cost-effective, efficient and safe services for comprehensive window cleaning and maintenance is professional rope access window cleaning.

Professional rope access technicians, like the ones here at Abseilers United Sydney, are highly-trained professionals who can access your windows and fixtures by utilising their abseiling skills and talents.

Read on to learn more about the many benefits of hiring a professional rope access technician and why the team here at Abseilers United Sydney are your best choice for rope access Window Cleaning.

What is rope access window cleaning?

Rope access window cleaning is performed by a rope access technician who specialises in abseiling. Abseiling, also known as rappelling, is the controlled descent down a structure, such as a sheer rock face or a building, utilising fixed ropes, anchor points and harnesses.

Traditionally the skill of climbers, mountaineers, and search and rescue professionals, this art has in recent times been adapted for use in building cleaning, inspection and maintenance services.

The rope access technicians here at Abseilers United Sydney, have experience in all aspects of commercial and industrial abseiling and rope access solutions.

The benefits of hiring a rope access window cleaning

When people think about high rise window cleaners, they might often envision a couple of tradespeople working on a safety platform that raises and lowers via a pulley system.

Traditionally, this has been the most common way to clean and maintain a building’s exterior surface. So what are the benefits of booking a rope access window cleaning service over the usual methods? 

Who can benefit from rope access window cleaning?

Anyone who owns or manages a commercial, industrial or residential high-rise building can save money and be provided with better cleaning and maintenance solution by utilising a team of rope access professionals.

Examples of structures where rope access window cleaning may be applicable include:

  • Multi-story residential apartment blocks
  • Corporate office high-rises
  • Sporting facilities and stadiums
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Industrial buildings
  • Large-scale glass atriums and greenhouses
  • Multi-use buildings and more

Rope access technicians have the added benefit of 360° of motion and complete structure access, providing you with a superior clean, inspection, and maintenance service.

Cost-effective Rope Access Technician

Old school window cleaning methods can be expensive, not just due to the dangerous nature of the work; it also takes a long time to set up, secure, safety check and deploy large, cumbersome window cleaning apparatus.

A well trained, professional rope access technician, like the ones here at Abseilers United, can set up, secure, descend and get to work in a fraction of the time it takes traditional high-risk window cleaners.

A qualified rope access technician is also free from the restrictions of a scaffold apparatus, meaning they can access, clean and inspect your building exterior effectively, providing you with cleaner windows, comprehensive inspections and quicker maintenance with things like window caulking.

Many window cleaners also only offer a cleaning service, meaning that you must seek another provider for inspection and basic maintenance, costing you more time and money.

Rope Access Window Cleaning- The safer way

Rope access window cleaning requires a lot less equipment and safety points than classic window cleaning techniques. As a result, less equipment, people-power, and apparatus reduce or remove many risk factors from the job.

Some examples of how rope access window cleaning is safer than outdated window cleaning methods include:

  • No scaffolding or apparatus is required, meaning less drop or rescue hazards and less chance of apparatus failure.
  • Rope access technicians require less equipment, reducing other risk factors that often come with traditional window cleaning systems.
  • If a rescue is required, the same team can access their work colleague with minimal risk and without emergency services.
  • Rope access window cleaning is more efficient than traditional models, meaning the abseiling professional spends less time in harm’s way.

Rope access window cleaning has a proven track record for being the safest way to clean and maintain windows and building exteriors.

Want to know more? Contact one of our expert rope access technicians today for more information about our services for rope access, Sydney.

Eco-friendly

Rope access window cleaning is performed with little to no environmental impacts compared to other window cleaning and building inspection and maintenance solutions.

Rope access technicians use a fraction of the water required for more traditional methods, and need no major fittings or structures added to perform their work. Abseiling professionals also require much less equipment to complete their services and use fewer materials and fewer waste products.

This is not only good for the planet and the environment; it also reduces the cost of their cleaning and maintenance services. Abseiling equipment is also easier to maintain than classic window cleaning apparatus and lasts a long time, making it low pollution and minimal waste industry.

Professional, experienced rope access window cleaning

The team here at Abseilers United are a qualified and experienced team of rope access technicians who can take care of all aspects of high-risk rope access work for commercial and industrial applications.

Other professional rope access services we provide include but are not limited to:

  • Height safety systems and maintenance
  • Comprehensive rope access licensed trade support services
  • Building inspection, maintenance and restoration solutions
  • High-risk abseiling services and more

For more information about our services for rope access, Sydney, and surrounding regions, contact one of our friendly staff today. Send your enquiry via our online contact form, and one of our consultants can contact you at a preferred time.

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Pros and Cons of being an Abseiler

Pros and Cons of being an Abseiler

Imagine jumping off of a building hanging on a rope. When you look down, people seem to be ants and the cars are like little toys. That’s the scenario you get as an Abseiler. Six, ten, twenty, thirty level building and more, that’s our workplace.

“I’m afraid of heights”. We hear that a lot. But, of course we overcome this feeling and actually we enjoy being at heights.  It can be scary if you think about it, but safety is the basics of our job. It is indeed a risky job, but we manage it with safety techniques and also skill. 

Pros of being an Abseiler

One of the best things about being an Abseiler, for me, and I guess many of my colleagues will agree, is the view. Each building has its own beautiful landscape to appreciate when you are up there. Plus, you can get awesome pictures!

Cons of being an Abseiler

It may look like Abseilers are having a good time hanging here and there, but it’s not as easy as it seems. This job requires a lot of body strength and a full day of work can make you very tired after a couple drops. Carrying heavy equipment, getting dirty (you don’t realise just how dirty the buildings are until you do this job), having calluses on your hands and dealing with hot weather or strong winds are all part of the job that only those who do it, knows. 

Overall

Overall, it’s a very rewarding job, especially when you are descending (best and funniest moment, haha). So, no matter the height or the task, we are up to it. Getting it done with safety and quality.

This post was written by Raphael Schuller, Abseilers United team member.

Career as an Abseiler

So if you think you have got what it takes to become and Abseiler, you have no fear of heights, are physically strong and are prepared to get your hands dirty, then the first step is to get some training.  To be eligible to work as an Abseiler you will need either an IRATA level 1 qualification or SPRAT level 1 qualification, then its time to get your white card and some experience.  Ask a company for a trial or work experience if you are finding it difficult to find work initially.

CONTACT US If you are an Abseiler and looking for a job with Abseilers United please email or give us a call on (02) 9976 6768

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