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SGS has launched an ‘industrial rope access’ service, offering testing and inspection of structures, structural surveys and non-destructive testing at height and in hard-to-reach areas.

According to the company, inspectors working for SGS who are serving the energy, oil-and-gas or industrial manufacturing sectors often face difficult-to-access locations.

Industrial rope access is a form of work positioning developed from techniques used in caving.

It solves difficult-access problems, without using scaffolding, cradles or mobile elevated work platforms.

The rope access worker uses two ropes – a working rope and a back-up safety rope – and is permanently attached to both.

Each rope has a separate anchorage point.

In the event of the working rope becoming damaged or unusable, the safety rope prevents a fall.

All SGS technicians receive extensive training and independent assessment and are required to undergo re-training every three years, according to the company.

The equipment used is said to be regularly inspected and well maintained.

All SGS rope access training and operational work is conducted in line with international guidelines.

SGS is also a member of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA).

Compared to conventional accessing methods for inspection and testing, rope access can be completed more quickly, which, as a result, saves costs by reducing working hours.

Additionally, as it minimises disruption at ground level, it often allows work to continue during inspection, according to the company.

SGS SA – Industrial Services

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