'Spidermen' on the rise in Singapore

Mr Sky Lee, who was part of a rope-access team installing glass panels, at the top of Ion Orchard before it was completed. He says his weekly courses at SB Rope Access Specialist were full throughout last year. Workers inspecting a 90m-tall wind turb
Mr Sky Lee, who was part of a rope-access team installing glass panels, at the top of Ion Orchard before it was completed. He says his weekly courses at SB Rope Access Specialist were full throughout last year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SKY LEE
Mr Sky Lee, who was part of a rope-access team installing glass panels, at the top of Ion Orchard before it was completed. He says his weekly courses at SB Rope Access Specialist were full throughout last year. Workers inspecting a 90m-tall wind turb
Workers inspecting a 90m-tall wind turbine in Inner Mongolia in 2015. The experience of inspecting the turbine gave Mr Jonathan How a "top-of-the-world feeling".PHOTO: COURTESY OF JONATHAN HOW
Mr Sky Lee, who was part of a rope-access team installing glass panels, at the top of Ion Orchard before it was completed. He says his weekly courses at SB Rope Access Specialist were full throughout last year. Workers inspecting a 90m-tall wind turb
The experience of inspecting the turbine gave Mr Jonathan How a "top-of-the-world feeling".PHOTO: COURTESY OF JONATHAN HOW

Rope access is cheaper, faster option for building owners when new facade regulations kick in

Mr Jonathan How, 47, traded the depths of commercial diving for the heights of rope-access work in 1999.

"It's a top-of-the-world feeling... just awesome," he said of his experience inspecting a 90m-tall wind turbine in Inner Mongolia in 2015.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline ''Spidermen' on the rise in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe