Welcome to Garness Contracting Ltd, specialists in Rope Access, Energy Production, Rescue & Standby, Safety Netting and Building Maintenance.

Based in Devon in the South West of England. Our work is not geographically bound and we currently travel nationally and internationally for a multitude of projects.

Tom Garness has been employed in the Rope Access Industry for over 15 years. During that time he has amassed a wealth of experience and contacts which have come together to form Garness Contracting. We now have experts in all aspects of the industry. You won’t find a better Rope Access team anywhere.

What are the benefits of using us?

We can provide an economical, safe solution to troublesome problems that might otherwise absorb a disproportionate amount of time and money. Rapid installation and dismantling of the access systems causes minimal disruption and saves time and money.

The industry has an exemplary safety record with very few accidents since the beginning of this activity over twenty years ago, and no reportable accidents for us.

Although we specialise in Rope Access work, we are equipped and willing to undertake other domestic and commercial building projects. Our repertoire includes ground works, building, carpentry, plumbing and electrical installations. This is because we employ these tradesmen within the scope of our Rope Access work.


This is a highly experienced and well trained team of Rope Access specialists who can undertake almost any task in any location.

Here are some of the tasks we have undertaken in the past.

Inspection and Testing, Safety surveys
  • Structural surveys
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
Maintenance and Repair, Sealant installation and reinstatement
  • Localised concrete repairs
  • Secondary fixings
  • Replacement of cladding and glazing panels
Cleaning and Painting
  • Jet spray, grit blast and three-tool method
  • Spray painting
  • Rollerbrush
  • Full surface preparation
  • Window cleaning
Geotechnical (Civil Engineering)
  • Permanent rock anchorage
  • Soil nailing
  • Sprayed concrete
  • Rock fall prevention meshing
  • Pressure pointing

What is rope access?

Rope access is a form of work positioning, initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, which applies practical ropework to cater for the various needs of industry. We are able to provide specialist staff who have solid experience in all types of work.

The industry has an exemplary safety record which derives from rigorous adherence to the following safety characteristics: training requirements produce professional, highly aware technicians;

  • A rope access technician always has attachments, each having an independent anchorage point.
  • When the worker is supported by ropes,each of the worker’s ropes will have a fail-safe descent mechanism.
  • All secondary tools and equipment (e.g. drills, sealant, etc.) are attached by lanyards to worker’s harness.
  • A minimum of two technicians are required for any job.
  • All technicians are independently assessed.
  • Training includes rescue procedures.
  • All equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Codes of practice and working systems have been carefully refined over the years by the HSE and IRATA.

This approach has meant very few accidents since the beginning of this activity nearly fifteen years ago and NO Accidents for us.

Rope access can generate considerable savings because:

  • Rapid installation and dismantling of the access systems causes minimal disruption to building occupants, pedestrians and traffic flow.
  • Rope systems can be installed and dismantled quickly which means they are removed from site at the end of each shift. This minimizes potential for vandalism/theft.
  • Single contact point for the client. Roped access technicians provide both access and undertake the required work.
  • A practical, safe solution with the ability to solve awkward and troublesome problems that might otherwise absorb a disproportionate amount of time and money.

Please call Tom on 07890260644 if you have any queries or contact us.


Our teams are working on many types of energy production and storage facilities both offshore and on dry land, including gas oil and nuclear. We are therefore compliant with their systems of work and stringent safety standards. The tasks we carry out are as varied as the places that we work. Everything from maintenance and repairs to full system installations.

Rope Access lends itself to Renewable Energy very well – turbines are tall and need maintenance and the best place for a solar panel is on the roof out of the way. Our solar panel installation teams have developed a system of work that enables them to work both faster and safer than traditional methods. Typically we can install a domestic solar photovoltaic system in one day.


We can reduce the necessity of rescue, but if the worst does happen at least you will know that you have the best in the business on your team.

For example if you have operatives working at height, on scaffolding, MEWPs or cable systems and they are using their harnesses as fall prevention. What happens if one was to fall? If that person is suspended in their harness and is not rescued in a few minutes they will start to succumb to suspension trauma, a potentially fatal blockage of blood flow, caused by the straps of the harness. And by the time the Fire brigade find a way to get them down who knows?

Please involve our working at height team in the planning stages of any task to reduce any risk and make it safe and feasible. They can provide a system, training and a rescue back up team.


Fall protection systems must be installed correctly and safely, we have over 13 years experience in installing and removing these using rope access techniques and MEWPs. We can either install your systems, or provide you with the complete package.

In some cases traditional fall prevention methods may not be the safest way to proceed. For example, certain safety netting installations expose the safety net riggers to more risk than they are there to remove. In this and other cases we can tailor a safe system of work incorporating your employees and our supervision.


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Garness Contracting Ltd.
Unit 9A
Commercial Point
Mullacott Industrial Estate
North Devon
EX34 8FH



Tel: 0044 (0) 1271 865774
Fax: 0044 (0) 1271 865774