Difficult Access Evaluations

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Although observation and evaluation of exterior building walls can often be performed using swing stages, scaffolding, or special lifts, in some instances these methods are not practical or cost-effective. In these cases, BC&E utilizes rappelling and special climbing techniques to perform up-close examinations of building facades and other structures. BC&E personnel are trained in such roped-access techniques, which typically employ a rope descent system in conjunction with a seating platform, special ropes and descent devices, and other safety features. During such examinations and in certain conditions, small, loose fragments from the building or structure may be removed where they pose a safety hazard to areas below.

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