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Specialised rope access for work at height

Skyriders installed the suspension bridge between the Orlando Towers in Soweto.Leading rope access specialist, Skyriders, has earned a reputation as South Africa’s premier provider of expert rope access-aided inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT) and high-elevation maintenance solutions in various applications.

Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says that the company prides itself on thinking ‘out-of-the-box’. “Our specialist team of highly trained rope access technicians can work at height without needing scaffolding on applications where manoeuvrability is restricted. Skyriders rope access technicians are trained in various fields of expertise, including inspections, NDT, and concrete and corrosion protection, so we can provide a comprehensive service solution for different needs in various industries.”

Zinn notes that Skyriders boasts a zero-fatality record despite the dangerous environments in which the company’s specialised personnel operate on a daily basis. He attributes this success to the experience and training of the Skyriders team, coupled with the reliability of the rope access methods used, which comply with international safety standards.

“Skyriders complies with SANS 10333 1/2/3 safety standards, and various Institute for Work at Height (IWH) standards. The company is currently in the process of obtaining ISO 9000 certification,” Zinn says. “Our rope access technicians have undergone intensive training and gained extensive experience in the construction, power generation, mining and other industrial sectors.”

Having started in 1988 as a high-rise window cleaning operation, Skyriders today works on structural installations and inspections and provides high-pressure cleaning, waterproofing, birdproofing, welding, concrete repairs and non-destructive testing services.

According to Zinn, about 30% of the company’s work involves rope access for painting, window cleaning and general construction. The balance of work involves projects in the power generation, industrial and mining sectors.

Skyriders managing director Kaolin Woods points out that the company trains all its rope access technicians at its in-house training division, Height Wise Training Academy, which provides high quality training and assessment through National Qualifications Framework (NQF) accredited and customised courses in height safety. She says the company recently launched its newly upgraded training facility. “Having achieved unprecedented success over the past few years, Skyriders will be looking to consolidate that success by further developing the skills of its workforce at all levels of the enterprise.”

Skyriders has established business units in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. In addition to providing at-height solutions to local industries, the company also services clients in Indonesia, Korea, Dubai and across the African continent.