When people think of rope access they often associate it with the construction industry. Although it is of great use in this industry, rope access has far-reaching applications in a whole myriad of sectors. It’s one of the reasons why we love it so much: the versatility, the variety and the continuous new experiences.
One industry in which rope access is becoming increasingly important is the leisure industry. Where tourists are involved, there are stringent health and safety procedures. This is never more applicable than when working at height. In this post we explain the types of circumstances in which rope access is necessary and the work involved.
Those roller coasters don’t maintain themselves! It goes without saying that inspecting and maintaining a roller coaster is a bit of a logistical nightmare. Inevitably there is a huge healthy and safety element attached to theme parks and their rides. This is particularly relevant following the recent string of high-profile accidents.
There are a variety of maintenance jobs that need to be applied to these rides and all must be carried out by trained rope access technicians. Tasks can include:
- Adding bird deterrents
- Establishing rescue plans
When it comes to rides and roller coasters, great care is taken to first and foremost ensure the highest possible levels of safety. Further to this, there is also an obligation to ensure that they look as good as they can. Afterall, theme parks are all about the visitor experience and the companies are keen to deliver.
Here at Martin Castle Ltd, our team have recently been working with companies who are responsible for roller coaster rides in theme parks or similar. Getting to encounter these rides from a different perspective, rather than hurtling along at 80 mph is an experience that not many people get to enjoy!
There is certainly an art to working with the complex structures of roller coasters. Not only is there the intricate latticed metalwork to work around but add in the dizzying heights and you’ve got quite the challenge on your hands. It’s a good job our team appreciate a good challenge!
Other tourist attractions
Rope access is just not applicable to theme parks and rides. There are a whole range of quirky tourist attractions which require rope access technicians.
For example, we recently worked with a company who run tours of England’s well-known train stations. Sure, it’s a little niche but the tours enable access to areas which are normally out-of-bounds. Martin Castle Ltd were brought in to carry out the necessary surveys and install the appropriate safety systems so that people can move around the station rooftops.
If you are looking for IRATA trained rope access technicians to cater for your working at heights needs then don’t hesitate to get in touch to enquire. We’re a friendly bunch and we look forward to hearing from you!