ABOUT IRATA

Welcome to IRATA International

IRATA is the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector; it has member companies in every continent.

Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA in the last 25 years to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas industry as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering, the built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.

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.

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 http://www.irata.org

IRATA REPORTS UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

Written by: Rod Dymott
IRATA category

The Association has passed the 100 mark of member companies and now has over 9000 active technicians registered in over 50 countries. This growth of over 35% in the last year or so reflects our increasingly global profile and the acknowledgement of many new friends that it represents and promotes a safe work-at-height procedure for offshore and onshore work that can be adopted in all environments and cultures. The introduction of a Unique Membership Number system has ensured that everyone; technician, contractor, H&S personnel and clients can now ask to see that reference and therefore identify the training or operating company as a genuine IRATA member

With this growth comes ever-greater responsibility for the maintenance of training and operational standards. Fresh emphasis is being given to the delivery and assessment of training and to these standards being monitored and maintained. A recent development has seen the creation of four Regional Advisory Committees, in South East Asia, North America, Brasil and Australia/New Zealand, with a view to improving communication, decision-making, market growth, and local autonomy.

IRATA continues to play its role within the Work-at-Height industry around the world with its active participation in British and European Standards creation and its work with the HSE, the Access Industry Forum and other groups. The Association is regularly consulted by governments, international agencies, business conglomerates and legislators.

Its latest set of accident statistics will be published by IRATA at the end of the summer, six months earlier than in previous years, and the accompanying report, drawn up by an independent expert, is expected to show another year of safe working. IRATA is conscious of occasional reports of poor standards of training and work site operation and rigorously investigates any sufficiently detailed reports it receives. The Association is determined to maintain its reputation for safety and to export these standards to wherever the desire exists to work safely.

The delay in introducing our Online Registration system has been as depressing for us as anyone but a good number of bugs have been slain in order to get the programme running. A test period is about to begin and we expect to "go live" in a couple of months.

Recently compiled records show that IRATA rope access training and operating companies employed in excess of 200000 people worldwide in 2005, with over two and a quarter million hours being spent working on ropes!

ROPE ACCESS RESCUE FOR SCAFFOLDERS IN BRASIL

Written by: Roderick Dymott
IRATA category

A significant rescue occurred earlier this month in Campos Bay, Brasil where a rope access team operating for the IRATA applicant member, Gaia, responded to a request for assistance when two scaffolders working on the garoupa/pgp-1 Petrobras rig were left hanging high above the ocean when a bulldog brake failed. Answering the loudspeaker call for help, the rope team consisting of one Level 3 and six Level 1 IRATA-trained rope technicians was in place to complete the rescue in five minutes for each scaffolder.

Using established rope access techniques the Gaia team hauled the endangered scaffolders back to the main deck of the platform and, as a result, have been highly praised for their promptness and an efficiency by the national Brasilian oil operator, Petrobas.

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