Tom Cruise Run For his Money, Burj Khalifa
A standard day for the company’s abseiling technicians can range from maintenance on the world’s tallest tower, to scaling Qatar’s Tornado tower or the Makkah Clock Tower in Saudi.
Footage of the team at work show technicians on dangling from harnesses from the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa, resembling the stunt work undertaken by Hollywood actor Tom Cruise in the recent film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Megarme’s work typically centres on extreme locations that require mountain climbing skills. Sites range from an oil rig out at sea to Yas Island, and workers are trained to perform anything from painting facades, to changing aircraft warning lights on the tips of towers.
Employees often have to switch ropes at height and so must be certified by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and bring a wealth of experience to the role.
“The workers need to be brave, and they need to have the IRATA rope access qualification,” said Daniel Gill, the company’s head of business development.
“However, you wouldn’t send someone who is fresh out of a course up a building like the Burj Khalifa.We put a lot of emphasis on experience.”
Megarme has remained accident-free in its 18 years in the region.
“There is a very big difference between having a piece of paper that says you can do it, and actually going up and doing it. And you don’t really get too many chances,” said Gill.
The firm now has more than 300 staff across its three Middle East sites in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Many of its workers are sourced from India, the Philippines, Nepal and Asia.