Rope Access

QualSpec specializes in industrialized rope access for inspection. From refineries to roller coasters, our experience and expertise allow us to cost-effectively inspect and repair equipment in the most challenging locations. And we provide this unique access while maintaining a world-class safety record. In fact, in 18 years we have had only a single recordable incident and we have never had a lost-time incident.

Our rope access services include:

  • Insulation repair and removal
  • Blinding
  • Hydraulic bolt torquing
  • Offshore oil platform welding and repair
  • Paint and coating application
  • Structural steel inspections
  • Deployment of long-range and advanced ultrasonic systems
  • Confined space services
  • Amusement park ride and theme installation, assembly and repair
  • Track and structure inspections
  • Fasteners and connections

Our Process

QualSpec takes a four-pronged approach to safety: planning, meeting, rigging and redundant systems.

Planning – Every job is thoroughly assessed, planned and documented by the Level III rope access safety supervisor before we begin. Safety, effectiveness and specific procedures involved in accessing the intended point are incorporated into the rigging plan. A site-specific rescue plan is also documented and reviewed with all team members prior to the start of work.

Meeting – Each day a safety tailgate meeting is held at the start of every shift to review procedures and safety issues as well as complete job hazard analysis and risk assessment forms.

Rigging – All equipment meets or exceeds Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements. Anchor slings, carabiners, ropes and harnesses are attached with lanyards and containment buckets are used for added safety.

Redundant Systems - Under Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) guidelines, all personnel using full rope access methods are required to use two completely independent rope systems providing fall safety redundancy. The result is that the incident rate for rope access workers is significantly below that of workers using scaffolding or traditional fall protection methods.

Safety Certified

Our trained technicians work efficiently in difficult and awkward locations, and safety is our top priority. Our training and equipment meets or exceeds OSHA and ANSI requirements. Each technician follows comprehensive safety guidelines for rope access in accordance with IRATA and SPRAT guidelines for quality assurance, safety, training, documentation and working practices. Under SPRAT guidelines, each rope access technician is assessed for safety and competence by an independent assessor.

Rope Access in Action

Case Study: Wharf Piping Over Water
Technical Presentation: Avoiding Spills into Navigable Waters

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