Embarking on a Career in Rope Access – Insights from Level 2 Rope Access Tech
We sat down with Danny, a seasoned Level 2 Rope Access Technician, as he provides valuable insights into the intricate dynamics of teamwork within the realm of rope access.
Q: Danny, what drew you to rope access?
A: I’ve always been drawn to hands-on roles, and rope access stood out as the perfect blend of physical work and teamwork. It offers a unique combination of individual skills and collaboration, making every task an engaging experience.
Q: Take us through a regular day as a rope access tech.
A: We gather around, plan out the day’s tasks, share out responsibilities, and ensure everyone’s on the safety wavelength. It’s all about teamwork from start to finish.
Q: What skills make a good team player in this role?
A: It’s not just about knowing your stuff; you’ve got to be a people person too. Communication, trust, and keeping your cool. Certifications matter but being a good team player matters just as much.
Q: Danny, considering your experience as a Level 2 rope access technician, can you share the specific number of hours you’ve logged to reach this level?
A: IRATA mandates a minimum of 1,000 logged hours on the ropes for technicians to achieve Level 2 status. It’s a significant investment of time, but it ensures a thorough understanding of the techniques and safety measures crucial for the role.
Q: In your experience as a rope access technician, can you recount one of the most challenging positions you’ve been put in and how you overcame it?
A: One of the most challenging situations was in 2023 supervising the successful completion of the Chiksan Unloading Arms Project. Overcoming it involved careful planning, collaborative problem-solving with the team, and utilising advanced rope access techniques to navigate the challenging terrain. Effective communication and trust within the team were crucial in safely completing the task at hand.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to enter this field?
A: For someone eyeing a career in rope access, begin by gaining the necessary certifications and training. Seek a mentor or training program, develop your technical skills, and don’t underestimate the importance of effective communication and teamwork. It’s not just about climbing; it’s about working together safely. Organisations such as Sutro Group are brilliant at supporting people in entering into this career and provide the support you need to start your journey into rope access.
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