While many large commercial buildings are facing budgetary constraints for maintenance purposes, it is imperative that facilities managers do not opt for inferior systems that could compromise the health and safety of workers.
Rope access specialist Skyriders is busy assisting with the installation of a permanent horizontal lifeline system from Honeywell at a large commercial bank in Sandton. This is the first time that Skyriders and Honeywell have collaborated successfully on a project. It is an excellent example of a prominent commercial building that has adopted the latest technology.
Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains that it had installed the original lifelines for this client many years ago. This system had to be inspected routinely according to regulation, in conjunction with an engineer. However, the latest inspection revealed that the system had reached the end of its serviceable lifespan.
The client subsequently put out a tender for a new fall-arrest solution and Skyriders was successful in its bid for the state-of-the-art Honeywell system. “The specific issue was that off-the-shelf systems were not quite working in certain areas of the building. Hence the engineer assisted us in designing a hybrid system that could be integrated seamlessly with the Honeywell product,” elaborates Zinn.
The project began in late 2019 but was halted due to the lockdown imposed to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the easing of lockdown restrictions, Skyriders has been hard at work installing lifelines on the many buildings on the site, reports Zinn.
“The client is to be commended for the high regard in which it holds the health and safety of any maintenance workers or sub-contractors. There are many examples of corporate buildings that do not provide an adequately safe environment in this regard, especially when it comes to working at height,” comments Zinn.
This is a growing niche market for Skyriders, which has already undertaken similar projects for various other prominent banks. “Blue chip clients that demand stringent adherence to all the necessary regulations and legislation with regard to health and safety can rest assured that we provide the best solutions possible,” concludes Zinn.
Skyriders (Pty) Ltd., established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries who require rope access aided inspection, NDT and maintenance work to be done in difficult to reach, high-up locations.