the SAFETY issue

Fly Service Engineering designs integrated systems that improve safety for building maintenance and cleaning operations, safer than more complex conventional systems

Our ongoing attention to technological innovation, incorporation of high occupational safety standards into the design, strict compliance with the applicable legislation, formulation of correct operating procedures all come together to ensure a real improvement in the safety of building maintenance activities

Each and every strategy applied during maintenance operations is designed - irrespective of such factors as height, complex site geometry, etc. - so that the time required to rescue an injured operator always meets current standards 15 minutes

All our systems are developed according to the international and local applicable laws in the country where the building is located. In the absence of specific legislation, the strictest international workplace safety standards are applied




Complete legislative framework

FORMATION All abseilers are highly trained professionals
The strict system of training people for rope access ensures high levels of both competence and supervision throughout the industry

EQUIPMENT All devices for abseiling have compulsory standards to comply with (EN standards are the most severe and complete worldwide)

Real procedure compliance & High risk perception

The nature of rope access work means that often people have no option but to comply with procedures, i.e. unless they follow the method statement they cannot reach the place of work. This makes it easier to build safety into the work process as ropes are required to reach the place of work.

Rope access work gives people a better appreciation of the hazards involved with working at height .

People have a strong interest both in what they do and their personal safety, and this helps enormously to build a good safety culture.

Intrinsic Safety of the system

Anchor points = 12 kN (1200 kg)
Ropes = 30 kN (3000 kg)
Multi anchor point = 30 kN (3000 kg)
Harness = 15 kN (1500 kg)

Global safety factors:

12 < C < 15

For comparison, elevators for lifting people have a safety factor = 8

Accidents STATISTICS: Rope Access

The only available source of accidents statistics in industrial rope access is kept by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association). IRATA statistics show that rope access is an extremely safe form of access, showing that in 2013 there was only 1 fatality in 7million hours of work- the second fatality over a 25 years monitoring (see IRATA Work and Safety Analysis for 2013, published on-line)

Membership companies had risen to 277 by December 2013, with nearly 10,000 qualified technicians

In 2013 total working has reached 15,994 million hours including 7 million hour spent on ropes

Accidents (2013)
Accidents/incidents submission = total 109, including
- 1 fatalities
- 3 Major injuries
- 4 Serious Injuries (>4 days off work)
- 41 < 7 days off work injuries

Totally, in almost 25 years of monitoring, only 2 fatalities have happened (in 2011 and 2013)
For 2013 the most injured are legs, while hands in 2012. The accidents rate keeps lowering over time, showing an encouraging decreasing trend