Rope access and Nondestructive Testing have been used at worksites throughout the world for decades. First utilized in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland in the early 80’s, rope access has gained acceptance as an effective method to safely gain access to difficult areas. NDT technicians commonly utilize scaffolding, man baskets and other mechanical means to access areas at height, usually for small scale, short duration jobs. Each of these methods puts the technician at risk. Rope access reduces this risk while eliminating these costly access methods.
Oftentimes, the use of rope access techniques is a condition of bidding for a project. As a result, many NDT providers are facing the choice of incorporating an effective rope access program into their service portfolio. Learn the many ways rope access can be used in industry and how NDT and rope access is a perfect solution to many of the access problems companies are facing. Witter will outline the process of developing an effective and robust access program that will provide the first step in developing your service line. Along the way, Witter will also provide the most current jurisdictional requirements necessary to remain in compliance.
Dwayne Witter has been in the NDT industry for nearly 25 years. He has served as an operations manager, division manager and regional vice president for several international companies. He has been a certified rope access technician since the late 1990s, working on various projects in many industries including oil and gas, geotechnical, civil and alternate energy. Dwayne has been involved with the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians , SPRAT, for over a decade, serving as president among other board positions. Dwayne owns and operates AccessRULES with his brother, Dwight. AccessRULES trains hundreds of technicians every year and is one of the largest rope access distributors in North America. Dwayne also provides consulting services to many rope access operating companies.
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