Frequently Asked Questions

Rope access combines cost-effectiveness with safety and versatility, offering compelling solutions for industrial needs. Rappel's commitment to delivering value ensures optimal outcomes for our clients.
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Cost Effective, safe, & Versatile

Though we do perform High Angle Rescue and offer it as a stand-alone service, Rappel typically perform the work that we would be providing standby rescue for.

Our ticketed tradespeople can perform a whole manner of work at height using the rope access system. By having a Rappel crew perform this work, a stand alone rope rescue team is not necessary as we perform our own rescue.
Rope Access, when performed by qualified technicians such as Rappel, is the safest method of work at height. The global incident and injury record of IRATA or SPRAT can be found online or you can get in touch and we can supply you with the latest information.

Under WorkSafe BC regulations, if a suitable fall arrest plan cannot be implemented for work at height – a rope access system must be considered.

The training, combined with the high consequence of work at height, typically makes rope access technicians among the most safety conscious workers on site. Our risk assessments don’t just evaluate the consequence of our actions relative to Rappel, we must consider those above, adjacent, and far below us. We can then create a work plan that factors in these various other activities.
The benefit of utilizing Rappel over scaffold comes down to 3 key points:
1. Safety
2. Cost 
3. Time


As mentioned above, the safety record of rope access is second to none. However, Rappel also typically execute work at height with far fewer personnel, and therefore fewer exposure hours than conventional methods. These exposure hours can be seen when reviewing a time estimate from Rappel vs. scaffolding. Fewer workers exposed to heights = reduced likelihood of an incident.


The rapid nature of the rope access system means that we typically have a technician in place within minutes, as opposed to hours or even days depending on the scale of the job and scaffold build. Work scopes that are currently performed via scaffold, that may take several shifts – can typically be performed in hours. This drastic reduction in execution time is then reflected in the cost savings that are passed on to the client.


Equipment being out of service can have huge production loss implications. Rappel are often called out for emergency work to rectify issues that could have site wide implications. Many of which are in difficult to access areas, or the time to build scaffold can prove too costly. We can access all areas of your facility in an extremely short time period, getting your equipment back online ASAP.


Our method of work may also be the key to reducing your plant shutdown window by a significant margin, allowing your facility to run longer than was previously possible. Our method allows us to perform more work in a shorter time frame than you are currently using.

Locations that are too time consuming to build scaffold to can now be accessed within a single shift. This means more work can be achieved within a short shutdown window.