A Course Just for Theatre Riggers

A Course Just for Theatre Riggers

MCL-UK and 1st Option have teamed up to create and develop a working at height and rescue course for riggers, production staff and theatre operatives. We are all required under the Health and Safety Act and the Working at Heights Regulations to be trained and...

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What does rope access training involve?

What does rope access training involve?

Those looking to enter the rope access industry may be somewhat overwhelmed by the training and qualifications required to get started. From manoeuvres and rescue procedures to regulations and safety requirements, it may seem that there is a lot to learn at first. But...

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The many benefits of rope access

The many benefits of rope access

Rope access has a wide variety of benefits and advantages over other means of access, and it is important for building contractors and owners to be aware of these. From its incredible record of safety to its speed and efficiency, rope access stands out as one of the...

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Window cleaning in the rope access industry

Window cleaning in the rope access industry

Keeping a commercial or residential building clean and presentable is just one bit of essential maintenance work that every building manager or contractor should undertake. Since windows often act as a building’s exterior face – as well as a fundamental part of its...

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Which knots do you need to know for rope access work?

Which knots do you need to know for rope access work?

An important part of any rope access job is being able to tie knots in the right way, for the right purpose, and in the right circumstances. Each different type of knot (and there are quite a few) is suited to a specific task or manoeuvre, so it’s important to have a...

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What equipment is required for rope access (part two)

What equipment is required for rope access (part two)

Following our previous blog post outlining some of the primary equipment involved in rope access work, in this post we take a look at more pieces of apparatus available to the average technician working at height. Note: ‘primary equipment’ refers to those pieces of...

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How safe is rope access?

How safe is rope access?

As rope access specialists, we often have contractors and trainees ask us “is rope access actually that safe?” So let’s make this clear right off the bat: yes, rope access is very safe. Perhaps the fact that it has been defined as ‘potentially hazardous’ by the Health...

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A brief summary of work at height regulations

A brief summary of work at height regulations

Rope access is without a doubt the safest way of working at height. We say this not only because specialised rope access equipment is incredibly reliable and efficient, but also because all workers in the industry are trained and certified according to standardised...

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Bird proofing in the rope access industry

Bird proofing in the rope access industry

Whether it’s a coastal building swarmed by noisy seagulls, or an inner-city office block occupied by dirty pigeons, there’s no pest problem that can’t be solved by the quick and easy installation of bird deterrents. Those who are faced with this problem with their own...

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