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					Your Safety is our HIGHEST Priority
Alternative Access & Rescue in the
     Renewable Energy Sector


   Richard Hinckley MInstSMM
 The Work at Height Regulations
came into effect on 6 April 2005. The
  Regulations applies to all work at
 height where there is a risk of a fall
   liable to cause personal injury.

We are now seeing these regulations
     quoted in recent accident
Modern fall protection can be complicated
 for both workers and managers to fully

When working at height it is necessary to
consider the effects of GRAVITY acting
          on the human body.

When gravity has taken a grip on a mass
  (body), it will accelerate that mass at
10M/S2 until such time as the falling mass
    is interrupted by a solid surface.
• ALL work at height is properly planned
and organised
• ALL those involved in work at height are
• ALL the risks from work at height are
assessed and appropriate work equipment
is selected and used
• ALL the risks from fragile surfaces are
properly controlled; and equipment for
work at height is properly inspected and
There is a simple hierarchy for managing
  and selecting equipment for Work at

   Avoid work at height where they can.
 use work equipment or other measures to
   prevent falls where they cannot avoid
             working at height.
  Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a
fall, use work equipment or other measures
to minimise the distance and consequences
          of a fall should one occur
The BWEA have recently issued a statement
 on “Lifts in Turbines” for establishing safe
        access within turbine towers.
This report highlighted industry concerns that
  lifts can not be successfully retrofitted to
 existing turbines and indicates that in many
  situations these installations may not be
              physically possible.
   There are also concerns that the blanket
requirement by the Health & Safety Executive
  for man-riding lifts to be installed does not
      reflect a balanced approach to the
    installations issues, hazards and risks.

  On this basis it is considered that fitting of
lifts will not be justified for the vast majority
                 of existing sites
 The BWEA recommend that for new
  turbines yet to be ordered members
should use the TUV-NEL report to base
 their decisions on the assessment of
For turbines on order the costs of design
 changes, together with costs from the
  loss of utility and production may be
 disproportionate to the safety benefits
We therefore need to look at ALTERNATIVE
 methods of Access that provide a Safe,
Practical and Cost Effective solution whilst
    also satisfying current legislation
TA-ACC Battery Operated Ascender
• Personal Elevator that Descends and
Ascends a standard EN1891 Rope
• Range: 250m per charge
• Speed: 0-22m per minute continuous
• SWL: 200kg
• Max Rescue Load: 250kg
TA-ACC Battery Operated Ascender
Material Lifting
• SWL: 200kg
• Max Rescue Load: 250kg
Can be used inside out
Total Access
ACC Powered
• Improved ergonomics, repetitive climbing on ladders
and ropes etc…may result in excessive wear on knees,
arms and feet.
• With ACC you can install a Rope Pull through to avoid
future climbing.
• Can be used in places where it is impossible to use a
sky lift or platform.
• Working team can then use ACC as an elevator for
fast, reliable and safe access.
• Clean and Silent ideal for Confined Spaces working.
     High Step Assisted Climbing System

    Semi-automatic use can be compared with
  climbing stairs but with the High-Step Comfort
    the tread height can be chosen individually.
When a foot is raised, the same side of the gear
 follows automatically until the foot is depressed.
By alternately raising and depressing his feet, the
     user climbs upwards with minimum effort.
Total Access
 High Step
Industrial Rope Access
• Industrial Rope Access is a form of work
positioning, initially developed form techniques
used within caving.

• The industry has an exemplary safety record
which derives from rigorous adherence to
technical training and safety equipment.

• A complete service that usually removes the
need for the involvement of the majority of
other access machinery or work equipment.

• A minimal environmental footprint
IRATA is an Internationally recognised trade
 organisation which was formed in the late
1980’s by a number of leading Rope Access
IRATA’s principal aim is to ensure that work is
  conducted in a safe & high quality manner.
    This commitment has been reflected in
 records complied by the independent body.

 It is therefore possible to claim that despite
 being a supposedly hazardous activity, the
 IRATA system for safe working using rope
  access is FOUR times safer than general
      industry and EIGHT times safer than
            construction as a whole.
3 levels of IRATA Rope

    Level 1: Trainee

Level 2: Lead Technician
      (1000 Hours)

Level 3: Supervisor (2000
A Rope Access Technician ALWAYS has
    independent anchorage points

The workers rope will have a FAIL SAFE
         descent mechanism

ALL secondary tools are connected to the
          workers harness

   Minimum of 2 technicians per job

 ALWAYS able to conduct own suitable
• IRATA Member companies in every continent

• Over 25000 active, trained rope access

• All training and operational work undertaken to
set and proven Guidelines

• Every IRATA trainee is independently assessed
at the end of his training

•Over 2 Million hours of work conducted on ropes
in 2006
Total Access
S-Cape Rescue
   Genie 3
Total Access
S-Cape Rescue
   Genie 3
               Working at Height Training

 The BWEA have an approved training programme for all
  persons who work at height in the wind energy sector.
  Total Access as one of the UK’s leading Height Safety
 Training Companies are currently be audited by OPTIPO
against this standard and hope to make an announcement
                     on this very soon.
   We are currently fully approved to BS8454: Code of
Practice for Delivery of Training & Education for Working at
                      Height & Rescue.
Total Access (UK) Ltd


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