The Burnt Rope

We were over with the Engineer on another job when the phone call came in from Matty. "Somebody's burn't the ropes on about level 35!" Me and Tully excused ourselves from the Engineer and hit across town to see what the hell had happened.



Try to figure this one out.

We were over with the Engineer on another job when the phone call came in from Matty. "Somebody's burn't the ropes on about level 35!" Me and Tully excused ourselves from the Engineer and hit across town to see what the hell had happened.

I arrived at the Tower and called up management on the way to see if Angus would accompany us on our inspection. Angus was shocked and came with us to the roof top to investigate. Matty gave us a briefing of what he had found and explained how he had bundled the rope up over lunch time and on return, fed out the rope to find that one of them had a big burn on it.

Tully and I harnessed up and Tully shot down on the other set of ropes to try and locate the area and the possibility of how this could have occured. He called me with the mobile and said you better come on down Mick.

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Tully jumped onto one of the balconies and down I went on the same set of ropes. I arrived down on level 34 to find Tully trying to figure it out. There was a barbecue on the balcony that was first suspect, but it was stone cold. We were trying to match up the burn on the rope with something that made sense. Then Hey! check this out. There is a little bomb fire right in the corner. How the hell could that have happened and how the hell could our rope possibly blow exactly into the corner just long enough to give this nice little scary burn?

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I don't know how you would feel if you were working on a fifty plus storey building and this happened, but I can tell you I was pretty fired up.

The next sequence goes a bit like this:

"Excuse me love, where's hubby?"

Out comes hubby.

"Oh! Gee! I had a smoke, flicked it and went inside."

"No Way! I wouldn't try to burn the rope. I just flew in to the country and have only been here for a few days. Don't want to cause any trouble."

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Well, you decide for yourself. On a 54 storey building, is it possible for a "little bomb fire" to start right there. Right on the working rope. Right on the rope that holds your life in it's hands. "Doesn't matter, you still have your back up rope!"

Well if this is possible, I suppose the backup could probably just happen to accidentally slip on a razor blade.

I gave this chap his worning and told him that I would be reporting him to the police and management. I had his photo and a nice little pile of evidence, but what could you say. "It could be an accident?" Let's come back on Monday. Time for the weekend.

I closed up the day with a full report including photos to management. I then trucked on down to the police station to put in a police report. I got it filed with the report number but the statement from the desk officer was: "Well, we can't really do anything. Nobody got hurt and he hasn't really done anything." Of course officer. I will give you a call when something does happen. Cheers.

We didn't hear boo out of this tenant again and safely completed this drop.

I have some more great shots from this same project and a few good tips on how to impress your clients. If they have the b___s and are as classy as these guys that is.

I look forward to the next article.

Cheers, Mike King.

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