About Cairns Rope Access

Cairns Rope Access Specialists

Cairns Rope Access is a locally owned and operated company operating throughout Queensland. We specialise in difficult access work, providing experienced rope access technicians and riggers for all aspects of building maintenance, construction, communications and heavy industry.

Cairns Rope Access has grown to become the most trusted specialist access and rigging company in North Queensland because we pride ourselves on providing a professional service built around safety and quality.

Cairns Rope Access is proudly owned and operated by Tane Hardwick & Alison Goodwin since 2007.

What is Rope Access?

Rope access describes a group of techniques far removed from their origins in caving, climbing and mountaineering. These techniques have been advanced and refined to become the safest way to work at height.

IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) was established more than 30 years ago and has developed an International Code of Practice (ICOP) that governs how jobs are planed and undertaken and how technicians are trained and assessed. Insuring that crews working to the IRATA ICOP are the safest in the world.

Cairns Rope Access is committed to a strict adherence to the IRATA ICOP. Meaning our staff have received the highest level of training and have received independent assessment, that our crews are always run by an IRATA L3 (a technician that has through years of training and experience been assessed as competent to plan and supervise rope access work) and that all our jobs are planed with rescue in mind.

For a better understanding of the rope access industry view the IRATA web site.


Since November 2009, the cement powder silo at the Gladstone Plant, has become increasingly problematic. The cause has been limited discharge due to cement lumps (formed by water leaking into the silo). It was decided that rope access from the top of the 20,000 tonne silo would be the best way to determine if the access doors at the bottom of the silo could safely be opened.

Tane and his small team delivered a flexible, but professional, service on the first entry and also on 3 subsequent entries, into other silos. Cairns Rope Access have delivered very good outcomes in a safe and cost effective manner.

Deon van der Merwe
Engineering manager
Silo Access at Cement Australia