Rope-access specialist Skyriders has received CIPC certification to operate as an essential services provider during the ongoing lockdown. This has enabled it to continue meeting the critical maintenance needs of its key petrochemical, power generation and food and beverage clients.
With a total of 24 rope-access technicians on standby, the company can field teams wherever needed, or in the event of any urgent emergency work. While all employees wear masks as part of their everyday personal protective equipment, extra health and safety measures have been put in place.
These include taking the temperature of all workers during toolbox talks, and having only two persons travel per vehicle in accordance with the lockdown regulations. The company put specific measures in place to take the Covid-19 pandemic into account when the lockdown was first announced on 26 March. This makes the current lockdown situation, with various industrial sectors reopening in a phased, risk-based approach, an ideal opportunity for many companies to carry out essential maintenance.
Rope access is not only far more cost-effective compared to traditional scaffolding but is also far safer and more flexible in terms of its adherence to the lockdown regulations pertaining to essential service workers. While some of the larger projects the company has been involved with were put on hold after the lockdown, the bulk of these will resume once the lockdown restrictions are relaxed even further to gradually allow for all sectors of the economy to return to normal.
Contact Mike Zinn, Skyriders, Tel 011 312-1418, email@example.com