Rappelling, or industrial rope access, is a method borrowed from mountain climbers that allows our investigators to safely access structures by descending and ascending suspended ropes. It is an inexpensive, safe and useful method of vertical building access to perform evaluation and light test procedures, with the ability to relocate quickly.
We provide rappelling services for areas where our standard equipment cannot reach. By safely and securely attaching ropes and rappelling equipment to the roof of your facility, we can minimize repair expenses by working from the top down.
Our aerial lifts are used to handle routine maintenance in buildings with high ceilings, but can be used for a number of tasks involving high, hard to reach areas. For example, aerial lifts can be used to repair lines on telephone poles, paint trim on large buildings or two-story homes, raise heavy items to shelves high off the ground, and trim tree branches. While a ladder could be used for such jobs, aerial lifts offer more stability and safety when used properly.
We use a number of aerial lifts to accomplish our jobs, with each being better suited to different situations. Scissor aerial lifts, which can be classified as mobile scaffolding, use criss-cross braces that extend and stretch upward. As the criss-cross braces rise, the platform attached to the top of the braces also rises.
Cherry pickers and bucket trucks are types of aerial lifts that contain a bucket-like platform on top of a long arm. As the arm unfolds, the platform rises. Boom aerial lifts contain a hydraulic arm that extends outward and raises the platform. Forklifts, on the other hand, contain a forked arm that moves upward as the lever is moved. Each of these aerial lifts requires special training to use and we incorporate ongoing extensive training classes for our specialty crews.
More common lifting equipment, like scaffolding, is used by our crews every day. Scaffolding is a temporary platform constructed for reaching heights above arms’ reach for the purpose of building construction, maintenance, or repair. Since our crews work on scaffolding every day, and due to the nature of its use, we have the experience in the proper assembly and ensure the safety of those who use it.
Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) offers training programs to earn a special OSHA certified license. These programs are rigorous and cover operation of the machine, safety procedures, machine inspection and maintenance, and machine load capacities. Only people with OSHA operating licenses use aerial lifts.
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The Aerial Companies, Inc. is available to provide rappelling services for historic and contemporary buildings, commercial establishments, and luxury estate homes in Florida including areas around Sarasota, Naples, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and Daytona Beach.