Rope access systems are used to gain access to a façade or workface by vertical suspension using rope access harnesses and PPE equipment. It involves a main working line for access and work positioning around a building façade for maintenance purposes, and a backup safety line used to minimize user risk.
Our rope access solutions
- Rigid rails
Rigid rails offer continuous attachment to help personnel navigate roof structures safely. As a permanent system, rigid rails can also be incorporated into the design of a building to minimise visual distruption while providing a strong, high-spec fall arrest solution.View range
- Anchor points
Anchor points allow maintenance personnel to safely access and work on roofs and facades by providing a secure anchor to attach to while at heights. When used in combination with a harness and lanyard system, a high-spec anchor point can handle excessive loads and remain secure when stopping a fall.View range
- Davits and needles
Davits and needles provide safe access over parapets and curtain walls to enable personnel to carry out maintenance tasks. Kattsafe davits and needles are also designed in partnership with rope access technicians, meaning they’ve been specifically designed for easy operation with every detail taken care of.View range
Choosing a fall protection system
When choosing a fall protection system for your building, there are three main factors to consider:
What tasks will need to be carried out?
How frequently will the tasks need to be carried out?
What is the risk associated with the task?
Once these three factors have been determined, you can determine if and where you’ll need a fall prevention system, a fall arrest system, or a rope access system. Use the table below to help evaluate your requirements.
|Curtain wall / Signage
|Facade Maintenance Multi-Directional Fall Protection (Permanent) i.e. Rigid Rail, Rolling Davit Systems
|Individual Windows / Louvres
|Facade Maintenance Fixed Fall Protection (Permanent) i.e. Rope Access Needles, Rope Access Davits
|General Facade Access
|Facade Maintenance Active Fall Protection i.e. Abseil Anchor Points
Recent rope access projects
- Quay quarter tower, Sydney NSW
2022 World Building of the Year. A 50-storey commercial office development located in the heart of Sydney, comprises of a series of shifting glass volumes stacked upon each other. This technology enabled building, with its landscaped gardens and flexible work areas, is a diverse and environmentally considered space.Learn more
- Victorian comprehensive cancer centre, Melbourne VIC
This visually stunning building required systems that would not impact its aesthetic and additionally would not cause any damage to the impressive glass facades.Learn more
- Civic quarter, Canberra NSW
Canberra’s Civic Quarter, situated at 68 Northbourne Avenue, is an interconnected work precinct in the centre of it all, Australia’s capital territory.Learn more
- Victorian Heart hospital, Clayton VIC
The Victorian Heart Hospital, located on the Monash University Clayton Campus, Blackburn Road, Clayton VIC 3168, is Australia’s first state-of-the-art, specialist cardiac hospital, providing innovative, holistic, and patient-centred care, as well as world-leading research and education. This hospital will have the capacity to provide up to 2,160 cardiac surgeries per year.Learn more
- Collins arch, Melbourne VIC
Located at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne’s bustling CBD, the Collins Arch development is a world-class mixed-use building which offers spectacular views of the city. 164 metre towers are connected by an eight level elevated sky bridge which spans 14 metres. Within the precinct are apartment, hotel, office and retail spaces.Learn more
- NEXTDC S3 data centre, Artarmon NSW
NEXTDC, a new Data Centre facility located in Artarmon, less than 10km away from Sydney's CBD will offer organisations over 20,00m2 of IT space, as well as highly secure, native access to a range of cloud platforms.Learn more
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Our height safety system design specialists have a deep understanding of industry requirements and help you meet your obligations for fully compliant systems right from the start.
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