Rope Access

Bilfinger has a fully managed, in-house rope access capability that not only supports our fabric maintenance and inspection teams but also carries a full range of specialist disciplines.

As a specialist provider of alternative access techniques, Bilfinger Salamis UK is one of the largest employers of rope access operatives in the UK.

Industrial rope access is a proven method of achieving a safe work position at height or in areas of difficult access, and offers solutions for inspection, construction and maintenance services across most onshore and offshore assets.

Rope access offers many benefits over traditional access methods such as scaffolding, cradles or MEWP, and allows an extended range of services to be deployed, whilst delivering cost and time benefits for our clients.

Bilfinger Salamis UK is accredited by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) and provides rope access technicians for both offshore and onshore requirements.

Bilfinger employs over 600 Rope Access Technicians who are all trained to IRATA levels 1, 2 or 3. Our dedicated in-house Rope Access Technical Authorities are actively involved with IRATA and hold key leadership positions within its organisation, both locally and nationally.

Our capabilities

Fabric Maintenance       

  • HP Jetting
  • Surface preparation and coating
  • Insulation


  • Removal and reinstatement of secondary steel works
  • Gratings / handrails
  • Heat shield
  • Replacement of pipe supports / pipe works
  • Specialist protective and integrity composite wraps
  • Hot tapping
  • Cold cutting


  • Installation of specialist equipment in confined spaces
  • Decommissioning works
  • Assist construction activities


  • Cable and cable tray replacement /re-routing
  • Replacement of lighting
  • Fire & Gas detection maintenance programmes
  • Inspection and repair of Ex equipment


  • Riser and caisson
  • Flare and flare tip
  • Drilling derrick
  • Collision damage
  • PFP inspection
  • Topside structural
  • Flowline
  • Vessel
  • Conventional and specialist NDT
  • Radiography

Wind Energy     

  • Conventional and Advanced NDT Inspection
  • Blade Inspection
  • Repairs and Composite Wraps
  • Marine Growth Removal
  • Rigging and Lifting

Rapid Response Flying Squads

Our Rapid Response Flying Squads are specialist multi-disciplined, IRATA-qualified three-man teams who deal with critical repairs and unique project work within hours of a client’s request.

These experienced teams can deploy at short notice to carry out inspection, maintenance and modifications work, ensuring safety and time critical activities go ahead as scheduled.

Bilfinger Access Academy

In an effort to create new rope access roles and offer career progression for existing employees, Bilfinger Salamis UK created the Bilfinger Access Academy.

 “As we expand into new areas and markets, we want to retain our existing skilled workforce. With the Access Academy we aim to provide a career progression route for our employees, creating new roles and ultimately growing our permanent labour pool,” said Managing Director Sandy Bonner.

Through this initiative existing Bilfinger employees in coating, rigging or insulating trades that have an interest in rope access work are eligible to apply for the Bilfinger Access Academy. If selected, Bilfinger sponsors them to complete the five-day IRATA Level 1 course at their local AIS Training Centre, either in Aberdeen, Grimsby or Newcastle.

The Bilfinger Access Academy also aims to upskill our existing rope access personnel. Employees who have already completed their IRATA Level 1 can apply to sit the Level 2 training and those already at Level 2 can apply to sit the Level 3 training, funded by Bilfinger. Once qualified, employees receive a one-off financial award from the company.

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