Skyriders scales new heights with hotel waterproofing project in Zambia

27 June 2018
Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. showcased the flexibility of its rope-access solutions at a recent waterproofing contract on a 19-storey hotel building, in Lusaka, Zambia for a major hotel group.
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The initial scope of work was to assist the primary contractor with waterproofing on one or two problem areas in the building, a one- or two-day undertaking at best. However, it quickly turned into a seven-week project, running from February to March 2018, due to having to deal with the consequences of substantial waterproofing challenges on the exterior façades, Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comments.

While minimal gaps in the building’s façade could simply be filled with silicon sealant, this was not a viable option for the larger gaps. Hence flashing was selected as the best waterproofing material, which prevents water ingress from joints, as well as forming a weather-resistant barrier system.

In addition, the building areas that required attention lacked any straight vertical or horizontal surface, which made traditional access almost impossible. Therefore, a quick and simple rope-access solution was opted for as the most cost-effective maintenance method, Zinn notes.

In order to enhance safety while working-at-height during this project, temporary rigging set-ups were erected to allow for sufficient deviation to access the areas that required attention. Another logistical challenge posed by this project was the actual supply chain of the waterproofing material itself, sourced from another subcontractor.

“We also had to deal with extended periods of rain that, while helpful in aiding the team to identify where the leaks were in the building, also rendered working conditions too slippery to be safe for a couple of days,” Zinn adds.

The hotel industry in Zambia presents significant growth opportunities for Skyriders to supply specialist rope-access services to aid essential maintenance work such as waterproofing. Not only is the company ISO 9001-, ISO 14000- and ISO 18000-certified, as per the requirement of multinational hotel chains, but it also adheres to the highest health-and-safety standards.

“The fact that we are able to offer our specialist rope-access services into the rest of Africa via our South African home base adds to our cost-competitiveness, as we are able to take advantage of any exchange-rate fluctuations, and pass these onto our African customers directly,” Zinn concludes.


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About Skyriders
Skyriders (Pty) Ltd, established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries who require rope access aided inspection, NDT and maintenance work to be done in difficult to reach, high-up locations.

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