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Safety first….second, and third…irata delivers safe working again!



21 August 2006 Safety first….second, and third… irata delivers safe working again! Once again the independently-audited accident statistics of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA International) demonstrate the safe-working record of its member companies around the world. The IRATA method, using a two- rope, fail-to-safe working procedure in areas of difficult access is yet again shown to be the safest means or work in this sector. With an incident rate that remains remarkably low – and better than other means of access - and a cost effective and environmentally friendly operation, IRATA rope access is a prime work solution, now in worldwide use. The attention to training excellence provided by the IRATA member companies is the core element that delivers skilled and conscientious rope technicians to the workplace but the strict work procedures that IRATA member companies deploy is major component too. Each member, whether trainer, operator or both has been required to meet testing entry requirements and is audited every three years as well as when joining. These demanding standards are now employed by a membership that has increased by 35% in the last two years, so more rope access technicians than ever are working under IRATA Guidelines – in excess of 9000 worldwide. The dominance that IRATA enjoys in this sector brings with it considerable responsibilities but it is pleased to be welcoming new members in countries where, until now, there have been few regulations. Quotes for Publication ----------------------- Graham Burnett, Chairman of the Association. ‘IRATA International is clearly head and shoulders above the rest and puts other work-at-height safe working statistics in the shade. Working at height presents operational difficulties that only the diligent, well-supervised work of well-trained workers are competent to tackle, and then deliver, with the necessary assurance of safety and responsibility. Within this sector IRATA International stands out as an Association that takes these requirements seriously. The statistics reported here tell a good story, even improving on an excellent record that has held for many years, and they do so against a background of workplace trends towards negligence and poor training that prejudices everything that those who apply high standards, like IRATA, work for. Whatever the trends, IRATA will continue to commit to responsible work methods undertaken by well-trained personnel.’ James Grosset, Vice Chairman of the Association ‘Industrial rope access is employed in some of the most dangerous and testing conditions imaginable….but this very fact drives operational standards up and IRATA reports again on an unrivalled safety record that engenders such levels of confidence amongst contractors that they insist on working exclusively with IRATA companies. This sees IRATA at work on offshore oil and gas platforms, on the world’s highest and most unusual buildings, and in every town and city. The safety record described here is based on thorough training, independent assessment and auditing and a commitment to a safe working practice.’ Roderick Dymott, Chief Executive Officer, IRATA International ‘In a world of uncertainty it is always reassuring to see reliability, stability and responsibility, and if that can be found in a rapidly-growing work practice then it is doubly satisfying. IRATA International is enjoying a period of unprecedented growth and recognition with those requiring work-at-height solutions increasingly turning to IRATA rope access as a cost-effective, diverse yet simple process and is thus working with the sole global trade association in this sector. IRATA member companies sign up to a standard of operational safety and performance that is risk free and puts good training at the heart of its work; they can show a unique Membership Number that validates their membership and commitment. Further information from: IRATA International, Association House, 99 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7EN 01252 739150 info@irata.org www.irata.org Original versions of this document (including photographs) can be dowloaded here: Word version: http://rigg-access.com/IRATA/Irata2006-2.doc PDF version: http://rigg-access.com/IRATA/Irata2006-2.pdf