Event Details

Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:30
Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)
WA Branch


All Areas Access
3/75 Howe Street
Osborne Park WA 6017


AIHS Members - $20+GST
Non-Members $40+GST


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995


Networking Event

Over the past three decades, the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association International (‘IRATA’) has positioned itself as the leading global authority for rope access and working at height maintenance solutions. Today, IRATA has over 570 member companies worldwide and has trained in excess of 130,000 rope access technicians. Over 22,000,000 worked hours are now performed annually by rope access technicians across the mining, oil and gas, civil/construction, defence, and agricultural industries.

This exclusive AIHS event will be held in the WA’s premier IRATA training facility of All Areas Access. The evening will outline the fundamental basics of industrial rope access, working at height safety and the IRATA two rope, fail-to-safe system. The evening aims to educate executives, managers, operations personnel, and health and safety professionals about the rope access industry. There will also be opportunities for 'hands-on' demos throughout the event. 

Speakers for the evening include the IRATA Australasia Regional Advisory Committee Chair John Lee and IRATA International Health and Safety Committee Member Liam O’Connor. 

The event will be delivered in accordance with any local government COVID-19 restrictions in place on the day.

Event details
Date: Monday 10 August
Time: 18:00-19:30 AWST
Location: All Areas Access, 3/75 Howe Street, Osborne Park WA 6017
Cost: AIHS Members $20+GST
Non-Members $40+GST 

Key Learning outcomes 

1. Professional Networking
2. Discuss learnings from IRATA International requirements
3. Discuss practical ways to ensure risk are mitigated whilst working at height with industrial rope access systems

1800 - 18:15  Registration & networking
18:15-19:00   Presentation 
19:00 -19:30  Networking & close 

Your Speakers

John Lee, Managing Director, IRATA International Australasia RAC Chairman

As Founder and Managing Director of All Areas Access Group, John is responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction and for providing leadership to the operational management of the company.

John started his business career at age fifteen and has since been engaged in Rope Access related business operations internationally both on and offshore across all industries for over 21 years. He has been actively implementing the core principles of IRATA since he was first exposed to the association in 1999. John was first assessed as an IRATA L3 in 2002, and attained IRATA Instructor qualification in 2017. He is currently studying Masters of Business Administration.

John is currently the IRATA Australasia RAC Chairman.

IRATA values continue to guide all of John’s rope access development, operations and administrative activities associated with his current IRATA Operator and Trainer Member Company.
His personal commitment to IRATA and everything it stands for is reflected in his involvement in the advancement of the global rope access industry, and his dedication to promoting continuous improvement in all aspects of rope access operations, education and training.

Liam O'connor, Group HSEQ Manager, IRATA International Health and Safety Committee Member

Liam has held national and group manager HSEQ positions, working across a range of industries within both ASX-listed and privately held Australian companies. Liam currently works as the Group HSEQ Manager for Tasman Rope Access. He is a certified Exemplar Global lead auditor, qualified injury management coordinator and an accredited incident lead investigator in 8Steps, Essential Factors, Five Why's, HFACS, ICAM, TapRoot; and currently undertaking a certification in medicolegal death investigation.

Liam was previously awarded the ‘National Diversity and Inclusion’ award from the Safety Institute of Australia and shortlisted for Australian Mining’s ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’ and the ‘Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Awards’. In 2020, he was appointed by executives of Fortescue Metals Group to their ‘Working at Heights Committee’.

Liam has also contributed articles to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ('UNCITRAL'), ‘International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management' and the 'International Institute of Risk and Safety Management'.

Liam is the Vice-Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (WA) and an elected member of the IRATA ‘International Health and Safety Committee’.