The use of ropes for accessing tall structures can be traced back to the early part of the last century and beyond at sea, today whilst the principles remain the same the equipment and it's safe use has been totally modernised.
The use of the steeplejacks traditional bosuns seats incorporating acid resistant ropes is seldom used today, instead twin rope abseiling method is the method of choice in the steeplejack industry.
At Churchill we recognise that any requirement for working from rope access should always be kept to an absolute minimum and should only be employed for work of a short duration and following the completion of a point of work risk assessment.
We would always advise that prior to selecting rope access as the access method, it is imperative to have in place an established and rehearsed rescue and recovery plan, often height's at which the work will be undertaken makes it impracticable to rely on the emergency services as a primary means of rescue in the event of an emergency.
Churchill operatives are trained to BS 7985 and fully equipped to effect the rescue of two individuals simultaneously up to a height of 200 metres and always encourage our clients to participate in a mock rescue procedure as part of our site establishment process.