What is Rope Access

What is rope access

In addition to offering our Traditional roofing, Building, and Roof window services. MGF Roofing also offers Rope Access Services in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Although this is not a new discipline, there are many of our clients who still have no idea what it is and the benefits it can provide over traditional methods such as scaffolding and MWEP's.

What Is Rope Access?

Rope Access, in a nutshell, is a safe system of working at height where ropes and associated climbing equipment are used for the technician to gain access to and from their work area.


What are the advantages of rope access?

The main advantage of rope access is mainly the speed and safety and speed of which technicians can gain access to multiple work positions. Reducing costs and man at risk hours.


What type of work can be carried out using rope access?

A large range of services can be carried out using ropeaccess. A brief, but not exhaustive list is: Building Inspection, Building Cleaning, Building Repairs & Maintenance, Painting, Gutter cleaning and Replacement. Further information is available here.

Scaffolding vs Rope Access

This is a common question which we are asked often. Each form of access has its pros and cons. Assessing the job requirements, potential risk and project cost will determine the method of access used. Usually, there is a significant cost saving if rope access can be used. As always safety takes president over cost at all times.  An example of where scaffolding may be used as the primary access method: Carrying out masonry works, replacing large stones on a single elevation of a building with high footfall below. As there is a high probability of falling debris and the Stonemasons requiring a working platform to dress the stones. The opposite is also true for rope access small/medium stone repairs using litomex offer a significant cost saving over scaffolding.

Our Team


Our technicians all undertake the appropriate training by completing the IRATA Training course. The IRATA training courses are the benchmark of what standard our technicians should be at. Courses cover setting up of ropes, undertaking rescues, complex manoeuvres, Health & Saftey. There are various stages/ levels 1-3, with a level 3 requiring over 2000hrs experience before the can undertake the course. we always have a level 1 & 3 on site as a minimum requirement for safety reasons.