Rope access is work where ropes are used to provide access to the work site.
The following conditions must be met in the case of work supported by ropes:
- You must use at least two ropes, each with its own independent anchor point. One is a load-bearing rope, the other is to ensure your safety.
- The employee must be equipped with a climbing harness which must be connected to the safety rope.
- The working rope must be fitted with a safe climbing and lowering mechanism and have an automatic blocking system.
- The safety rope must be fitted with a moving fall protection device which follows the movements of the user.
- Tools and other accessories must be secured firmly to the climbing harness or seat.
- It must be possible to use any winch present so that free lowering during normal operation is not possible.
- All moving parts must be secured to prevent trapping.
- All ends on rope reels and guide discs must be screened to prevent trapping.
Employees carrying out rope access must have received particularly comprehensive training on the execution of the work in question, especially the relevant rescue procedures.