When it comes to hiring a contractor to do maintenance or repair work on your property, you need to consider the type of equipment and the process they use. Increasingly, contractors are opting to use rope access equipment over traditional scaffolding and it has many advantages. In this post, we look at how using rope access services can save you time, money and headaches, without sacrificing on safety.
1. Cost of Permits and Time before Approval
Scaffolding work typically requires a permit in almost all cases. This not only takes time, but can also cost considerable money. However, when rope access equipment is used, you will very rarely require a permit. If you are planning to start a project on your property, ask your contractor what method they use for working at height.
2. Hidden Cost of Materials
Did you know that a large part of a building maintenance company’s quote is largely made up of the cost of materials and labour for scaffolding? With rope access, you are only charged for the materials needed for the work done. As your budget isn’t being spent on costly scaffolding structures and you won’t have to wait for what could potentially be weeks for builders to remove the scaffolding and clean up, you’ll save considerable money. The technician will have cleared the space and left in a matter of hours.
3. Business Lost Due to Delays
If, for any reason, your building maintenance or renovation takes longer than expected, you don’t have to worry about the inconvenience you may be causing your tenants. If you own a commercial building with shops below, you also won’t have to worry about building delays leading to a potential loss of customers. Rope access projects can be conducted entirely from the roof of the building, meaning valuable space on the ground isn’t being taken up. This leaves the entrance to your property open, where business can run as usual.
4. Project Delays Due to Accidents
Below is a table based on IRATA’s Work and Safety Analysis 2017, which details the number of total reported incidents worldwide. There is no worse delay than those caused by accidents, especially if they’re fatal. On top of that, injuries can have a significant impact on your reputation and the run-around with insurance companies can serve to complicate matters even further. Ultimately, working at height using rope access equipment is the safest way to get your project done.
Rope access accident and incident report
|Incident type||Total incidents|
|Serious injuries (over 7-day injuries)||29|
5. Rescheduling nuisance
Have you ever had to reschedule your building project due to bad weather? The weather, especially in the UK, can be very unpredictable. Rope access work at height can be done in almost any weather conditions, unlike scaffolding work, where slippery work surfaces can pose a serious threat to safety. Even in the rare circumstance you would have to reschedule your planned work, the ease at which technicians can come and go gives you greater flexibility.
The UK boasts some of the top rope access services in the world. As a property owner, you’d be wise to consider rope access equipment as the better alternative to scaffolding for your next project.
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