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IRATA is looking for a Technical Officer. To access the vacancy, click here.

IRATA has published ICOP AGN 0003: Additional guidance on the use of equipment standards in the ICOP which you can access by clicking here.

IRATA is inviting its Members and Technicians to comment on three documents:

Annex O: Section: Protecting against windy conditions

Annex O: Section: Protecting against wet and cold conditions

ICOP AGN 0002 Anchor Strengths

Comments should be supplied on Comments Form 034, should be constructive, and should always include proposals with the intention of correcting / improving the document.  Please return the Comments Form to by 28 October 2015. Please click here to access the documents.


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.

IRATA Member - Bilfinger Salamis UK Limited - Statement

"On 16th June, 2011, Lee Bertram was working as a Rope Access Technician when he suffered a fatal fall whilst working offshore. Following the incident we openly communicated with the industry, shared our initial findings and have subsequently been working with the authorities to fully understand the circumstances of the incident. Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Lee's family and friends.”

Read here for HMA “sentencing statement”. 


IRATA International meet with ECRA (European Committee for Rope Access)

IRATA International was delighted recently to initiate and host the inaugural meeting of its Executive Committee and affiliate members of ECRA (European Committee for Rope Access), which took place in central Berlin on 27th January 2015.  

The historic event, befitting of the location, brought together the leading organisations responsible for the development and global growth of Rope Access.  Present at the meeting were representatives from IRATA International, ANETVA (Spain), SFETH (France), FISAT (Germany) and SOFT (Norway).  The objective of the gathering was to learn more about the affiliates of ECRA, discuss working practices, gain a better understanding of the overriding purpose of the organisation and to ascertain how IRATA International could collaborate with ECRA.  Over 65,000 Rope Access technicians, from every continent, were represented at the event making it by far the largest global Rope Access gathering yet staged. 

The Chairman of the IRATA International Equipment and Standards Committee, Graham Burnett, said of the Berlin meeting “It was both historic and satisfying to be able to take these steps to enhance the mutual aims of promoting and developing Rope Access across Europe and beyond”. 

Sven Drangeid of ECRA commented, "The four founding members are confident that the spirit and ideals of ECRA have already made a change in the rope access world. This meeting proved that we all have a common goal. We are convinced that our vision fits 100% into IRATA's philosophy."

All parties agreed to share safety information for the benefit of all technicians globally and that collaborative discussions would continue.


TACS (Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme)

As of 1 August 2014, TACS has become the new document to replace the General Requirements. Click here to access the document.

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This report summarises employment and accident/incident data submitted by member companies to the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) during the period Jan-Dec 2014. Members submitted two sets of reports:

Quarterly employment figures, including working hours and
Details of specific incidents or accidents for each event or person injured.
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