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What is rope access? – Why is rope access economical and practical?

Why Choose Rope Access for Work at Height? Understand the economic and practical benefits of rope access for working at heights.

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Rope access is one of the most used safety protection methods for overhead structures. In this article, we will learn about rope access protection and the solution that VIVABLAST is providing.

Rope access protection method: Everything you need to know

This article will go through three main parts:1. What is Rope Access? – Explain how it is economical and effective2. How many protective gears are needed to perform rope access and what are those?2.1. Ascenders2.2. Descenders2.3. Harnesses2.4. Helmets2.5. Lanyards and energy absorbers2.6. Ropes3. Standard of rope access services at VIVABLAST

1. What is rope access and what are the benefits it brings to the organization?

Rope access is a fast, safe, and low-impact method of gaining access to hard-to-reach areas, mostly at height. It uses ropes and other access equipment and tools, and it can help minimize human working hours and reduce both the person and the surrounding environment.So why should we choose rope access? This solution’s two most prominent benefits are high efficiency and cost savings.

  • More efficient: Equipment can be easily assembled and disassembled. This can help reduce the number of hours at risk for technicians and significantly improve construction efficiency.
  • By reducing cumbersome, expensive equipment, rope access reduces costs, and equipment can be easily upgraded and adapted to specific construction situations.

rope access vivablast 3In addition to the two great benefits mentioned above, this method of protection also has many other advantages, such as:

  • Eco-friendly: This method has minimal impact on the surrounding environment, requiring no clearance or ground changes on the construction site. This method also helps reduce emissions across the entire chain of heavy equipment and reduces engine emissions.
  • Versatile: We can use the rope access when working in areas that other equipment cannot reach, such as confined spaces to tall towers. This technique is also suitable for a variety of environmental conditions.

2. How many protective gears are needed to perform rope access and what are those?

The accompanying equipment is critical to the rope access method. Technicians should have a thorough understanding of these devices and their technical applications. Furthermore, these devices must be checked and maintained regularly.

2.1. Ascenders

Ascenders are devices that help technicians climb ropes. It acts as a friction rod, sliding along the rope under no-load conditions. It will stay in place when there is an impact weight. Ascenders are mechanical devices, easier to use and safer than friction hitch.

2.2. Descenders

Descenders are used to lower workers or loads at a rate that is within control. Like the first device above, the descender also works on the principle of friction. This unit also has a self-braking mechanism, which operates if the operator lets go of the device.

2.3. Harnesses

There are quite a few different seat harnesses, the most common being full-body harnesses. The full-body type offers multiple mounting points and is more commonly used in industrial or rescue applications.

2.4. Helmets

Helmets are mandatory safety devices when using rope access, and it helps protect workers from falling debris or other impacts to the head.

2.5. Lanyards and energy absorbers

Lanyards and energy absorbers are devices that link the harness to the anchor. This is the most used fall protection system and is specifically designed to reduce the force exerted on the body in a fall situation.

2.6. Ropes

Specialized ropes for rope access protection are designed to withstand strong loads while flexible and lightweight.

3. The basic standards of rope access protection solution provided by VIVABLAST

IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) is the world’s leading trade association for rope access work. It was established to solve access or maintenance difficulties in hard-to-reach high altitude areas using a rope technique common to the climbing and caving industry.rope-access-vivablast-2IRATA requires all association members to have adequate special skills in using cords and other related equipment. They also identify various types of risk, support the development of rope access equipment and processes, and implement continuous improvement in construction.All technicians at VIVABLAST are IRATA Level 1 certified and regularly trained by IRATA Level 3 Supervisor. We strictly meet ISO 9001 and Vietnam’s TCVN 8207-1-2010. The most sophisticated PPE technology is put into use. The inspection and maintenance of all equipment are also performed, following the manufacturer’s instructions.In addition, VIVABLAST’s technicians can also improvise and handle many different construction situations. It is not difficult for us to develop creative solutions, even in challenging projects.By meeting the above standards, VIVABLAST’s rope access solution is of great help to customers who are construction contractors, factory owners, and production workshops. Our solution is highly appreciated for its optimal efficiency, low cost, and reduced implementation time.rope access vivablast

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We hope this article has helped you better understand rope access and the equipment needed to perform this technique. If you are looking for a reputable and quality rope access solution provider in Vietnam, you can consider the service from VIVABLAST. We are committed to providing tailor-made solutions that best suit all your requirements, from the nature of the project to the set budget. For more specific advice, please get in touch with us directly via:

  • Tel: (+ 84-28) 38 965 006/7/8
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About Us

VIVABLAST was founded in 1994, as a 100% foreign-owned company with an ambition to become the most preferred and trustful service provider for industrial assets protection in Southeast Asia.

Over the past two decades, Southeast Asia experienced rapid economic growth with significant investments in industrial facilities, equipment, and infrastructures of Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Marine, Power Generation & Manufacturing sectors.

Hence, VIVABLAST has succeeded as a reliable subcontractor for many International & Domestic companies by delivering our professional services to such prestigious companies as PIRIOU, JGCS, Technip, KNOC, Metacor, PTSC groups, Vietsovpetro, etc. with great passion.

Our innovative system of mobile blasting & painting workshops can be mobilized anywhere in Southeast Asia for all major projects and infrastructure sites, which has performed very well during Vietnam’s first refinery project – Dung Quat followed by Vung Ang 1.2 Power Plant project and the biggest Oil & Gas complex in Vietnam – Nghi Son Refinery.

In 2014, VIVABLAST landed in the soils of Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia to capture the growing demands of customers at any time and anywhere.

Over 28 years of steady deliberate growth, we feel confident and proud of our team and their capacities to play a vital role in the multi-disciplinary industrial services provider.

Why Choose Us?

Expertise of industrial assets preserving since 1994


VIVABLAST is a company that offers surface preparation and industrial painting solutions for various industries such as oil and gas, marine, construction, and mining. Some of the solutions they offer include abrasive blasting, hydro blasting, tank cleaning, industrial coating, and passive fire protection.

Board of Management

Mr Jacques Vivarès – Chairman
Mr Boris Vivarès – VIVABLAST Group General Director – Commercial & Business Development
Mr Shanthamani Muthukumar – VIVABLAST Vietnam General Manager

VIVABLAST is a global provider of industrial asset protection solutions in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and surrounding countries. VIVABLAST is a 100% foreign-owned Company accredited ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018 by Bureau Veritas with offices and setup over South-East Asia. Since 1994, we have been servicing industry leaders in major projects from construction phase to maintenance programs. Our vertical expertise includes all industry sectors, particularly: oil & gas, power & utilities, shipbuilding, mining and manufacturing. We design and deliver professional services to preserve our Clients’ assets sustainably, through efficient and reliable specialty services and integrated solutions.

VIVABLAST is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. The company aims to reduce its environmental impact through various initiatives, such as implementing environmentally friendly technologies and reducing waste. Additionally, VIVABLAST has programs in place to support its employees, their families, and the communities in which they operate. The company also supports various charitable organizations and encourages its employees to participate in community service activities.