The SCA Groupâ€™s Rope Access team are currently employed undertaking maintenance of the Transporter Bridge located over the River Tees, Middlesbrough. The structure was built in 1911 to replace an earlier steam ferry, and connects Middlesbrough on the south bank to Port Clarence on the north bank.
SCA were recruited by TI Coatings, who were in turn appointed by Balfour Beatty, to apply a new paint covering to the structure. A total of 10,000m2 is required for repair and re-coating, all of which is to be achieved via Rope Access.
To complete the contract by April 2014, SCA are required to carry out patch repair to approximately 25% of the Transporter Bridgeâ€™s surface, and then apply the new coating to finalise the refurbishment of the structure. SCA have a team of up to 18 Rope Access technicians on site to make this happen.
All of SCAâ€™s operatives are trained to carry out the painting activities to ICATS standards as expected by the main contractor, and possess the relevant IRATA accreditation to perform the task via Rope Access.
All work is carried out under Level 3 Supervision, as stipulated under IRATA regulations.