Rope Access work evolved from techniques used by cavers and climbers for access, egress and rescue. It is predominantly a work positioning work method, yet also uses techniques that would best be described as work restraint or fall arrest. The fundamentals of the system are that the technician can access a workplace using ropes or aiding techniques and then be able to carry out the task in a safe comfortable manner. At least 2 independent anchors are required at all times whilst in suspension and this built-in redundancy is paramount to the safety of the systems. The rope access industry requires their equipment to be strong yet light as they often have to climb with all of their equipment on their person.
Places of work vary from cleaning windows on a skyscraper in Dubai to grit blasting offshore helidecks to hanging Olympic banners in London . all facets of the industry use remarkably similar equipment and techniques, even in complicated rescue situations.