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The 3 Most Important Safety Tips When Using Roof Anchors

Any time you have employees working at height, they are exposed to the possibility of experiencing slips and injuries. Though your schedule may be hectic, it’s your responsibility as a manager or supervisor or even a company owner to provide your employees with the necessary fall protection systems to safeguard their lives. Roof anchor points are one such example, and they serve one purpose; to protect workers from falls.

Proper use of roof anchors might very well be the reason behind your workers returning home safely after a hard day’s work. But having a roof anchor in place is only half the job. Not only should workers use the correct equipment for the task, but they should be trained to use it correctly. Today we discuss a few handy tips to remember each time roof anchors are used to ensure your workers’ safety.

 

Use Certified Roof Anchors

The first and most important tip is only to use certified roof anchors that meet the relevant height safety standards. In Australia, this means that the anchor points are manufactured according to AS5532, and they are installed and certified to AS1891-4. The annual inspection and anchor testing is mandatory on all roof anchors before being used. Qualified installers/certifiers must conduct the routine inspections and testing.

 

Use the Correct Roof Anchor

There are different roof anchors to pick from. These can be anything from simple eyebolts to complex static line or rigid rail systems. It’s crucial that the correct anchor be used for the intended task. Upon selection, with support from experts in the field– such as the professionals at Anchored – you must ascertain:

  1. What is the design of the height safety system and what is the intended use?
  2. Is the Anchor point currently certified?
  3. What is the load rating of the anchor?
  4. How do you get access to points within the danger area (2meters from the live edge), such as with the use of primary and diversionary anchor points?
  5. If the anchor is to be used on its own or as part of a lifeline system?
  6. Will you need to use a temporary or permanent roof anchor?

 

Use the Anchor Correctly

It’s one thing to use the right roof anchor for the task which is inspected, tested and certified. But it’s still a safety hazard if the worker in question can’t use the anchor correctly. That’s why adequate training is required with regards to the correct usage of the height safety equipment.

Roof anchors are components in highly specialised systems. Be sure to use tested and certified equipment each time. And only use qualified technicians to handle the anchor inspection and testing. Insist on a roof anchor installation report from the installer each time you purchase a new component.

Our team at Anchored Height Safety doesn’t compromise where your workers’ safety is concerned. We have the necessary tools and know-how to conduct thorough and effective anchor testing and inspection. We also audit and conduct full design analysis of your height safety equipment at your request.

Taking a little time out of your day to ensure the above tips could be the difference that allows your employees to go home safely every night. For all your testing, supply, installation and maintenance of height safety equipment, contact Anchored Height Safety on 03 9555 3586. We care about your workers’ safety too.

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What Are Roof Anchors and When Are They Required?

If your business deals with working on a roof such as servicing air conditioners, gutters, or roof maintenance (or other roof related work), you know the dangers that go hand in hand with this type of work. You’re dealing with heights which, if there’s a fall, could easily lead to serious injuries or even death. You and your employees need to operate in a safe working environment.

Roof anchor points are one such product that is a critical piece of the working safely at heights puzzle. As a business owner, it a responsibility to have such points as part of your inventory.  Did you know roof anchor point installation has to be carried out by certified installers? Consider what would happen if you don’t use roof anchor points, get them safely installed or get them annually checked as per the Australian Standards and manufacturer’s guidelines.

Many countries, Australia included, have stringent legislation in place for all industries. You could be held liable should any employee fall and suffer an injury, or worse, a death. If investigations reveal inadequate roof anchor points were used or were missing altogether, you may be considered criminally negligent and have to face the harsh consequences of the law.

There’s no doubt about it: roof anchor points are a necessity if you’re working at height.

Some Facts You Should Know When Using Roof Anchor Points

What types of Anchor points are there?

Roof anchor points are part of the fall/height personal protection equipment which also include harnesses, static lines and lanyards.  Anchor points are used in two system configurations:

  • Rope access Anchor Points: This system is designed to make it easier and safer for workers to descend & ascend. Workers can use the Rope Access system to access a façade or clean windows while in a harness, knowing the anchor points are enabling their access.
  • Fall arrest Anchor Points: Roof anchor points provide an attachment point as part of the fall arrest system to lessen the impact in case a worker “free-fall”. Their fall will be arrested mid-air, significantly reducing any severe injuries.

Roof Anchor Point Installation

The right people must be selected to install your roof anchor points. Certified roof anchor point installers are trained to analyse the condition of the roof and determine the appropriate height safety equipment for installation. They’ll review the working environment’s proposed use. Based on their findings, they’ll develop the right roof anchor system for your project. Part of their requirements for keeping their certification status is to be up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Anchored Height Safety can provide you with all your roof anchor testing and safety requirements. By using the right company for your roof anchor system installation, you can rest assured your employees’ safety will not be compromised.

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Anchor Testing and Certification

Regulations don’t just apply to installation. The anchor points must be manufactured to the relevant local standards of your industry. Anchored Height Safety uses reputable suppliers such as Sayfa and 3M, who manufacture their anchor points in compliance with AS5532.

High strength stainless steel is the preferred material to ensure high quality and resilience in the harsh external environment. Eyelet rotation flexibility and its energy-absorbing features are some of the options that can be included in anchor point selection. Factors such as the fall arrest rating and plate size all need to be considered when testing for safety.

As roof anchors are part of your height safety system, they need to be tested and inspected annually for safety. It’s mandatory in Australia to carry out roof anchor testing to ensure they continue to meet the necessary Australian safety standards and workplace requirements.

How to Use Roof Anchor Points Effectively

With any job entailing roof access for maintenance or repairs, you want to use equipment that’s safe and easy to use. Your worker wants to get on with the job without worrying about complications when using anchor points.

In addition to making sure your equipment is in the best condition, ensure that your workers are fully trained in all height safety protocols and knowledgeable with all safety equipment, including roof anchors. If your workers know how to use the equipment correctly, this will keep your equipment in good condition, and they will also be able to flag any issues they may notice with the installation.

Final Thoughts

Owning a business with employees working at heights necessitates the right equipment and tools. A responsible business owner should know the regulations of this industry. The health and safety of their employees is the number one priority. By bringing in the experts, you can rest assured you’re fully covered when it comes to the standard of your height safety systems and safety of your staff.

We can safely say, roof anchor points and their correct installation are our focus. Call on the professionals and get the right advice for your roof access requirements. Contact Anchored Height Safety’s experts on (03) 9555 3586 today. We’ll advise you on your height safety inspection requirements to keep your team safe.

 

 

A Different Perspective & The Importance Of Anchor Point Testing

The views you get to see when working from heights can be an incredible perk of the job if you have the stomach for it. However, working from heights also brings with it a multitude of risks which need to be constantly monitored and assessed to ensure maximum safety. In this blog we will be discussing the importance of Anchor Testing. Read on to find out more about why it’s so important.

Pull testing is an essential part of installing critical infrastructure into concrete. For Anchor Points, the Australian Standard (AS1891_4) is clear that all friction or glued in anchor points require testing after their initial installation and every 12 months to make sure they have remained secure (section 3.1.2 (g)).  Anyone trusting their life to an anchor point needs to be confident that the anchor point is going to stay in the wall or floor to which it is attached.

Pull testing for anchor points involves attaching a pull tester to the Anchor point and applying 50% of the design ultimate strength and holding it for 3 minutes. This may sound easy, but for a fall arrest anchor point where the design ultimate strength is 15kN, this means applying a pulling force of 7.5kN. If this were a weight hanging vertical, it would be over 750 kg!

At Anchored we have several sets of calibrated pull testing equipment, we also get the opportunity to test other glued in bolts. In this particular case, one of our installers had the chance to view Melbourne from a different perspective. On a quiet Sunday morning, we completed pull testing for bolts retaining telecommunication equipment to the side of a building.

 

In the past, we have also completed pull testing for bolts retaining vertical gardens and other equipment or decorative features. As you can imagine it is important that these bolts can withstand the weight of the vertical garden or decorative installation.

When testing your anchor points, be sure to ensure that the provider is using calibrated equipment and is knowledgeable in the testing process. At Anchored, we can provide you with all licenses and registrations to give you peace of mind that our experts and equipment are qualified for the job.

If you require a height safety solution or testing for your premises or project, call the expert Height Safety professionals at Anchored on (03) 9555 3586. Anchored can provide you with the solution to any height safety and access related problem.

Residential Anchor Point Installation

Anchor points are not just for major construction sites, they can also be installed on residential buildings and structures. We are seeing people investigating and installing anchor points on their residential houses, holiday houses or rental properties in order to enable safe working on the roof for tradespeople. Roof Anchor points are a height safety solution suitable for work such as servicing air conditioning units, washing solar cells or cleaning gutters.

In this installation, we used Sayfa AP130A’s, which are an excellent option for corrugated roofs, where fall protection only is needed. The anchor points were coupled with the LD402 Ladder bracket and a strop to enable safe access to the roof.

 

The anchor height safety system for this particular installation includes; the anchor points, a harness and an appropriate energy absorber. The owners of this lovely residence now have a quality, certified height safety system installed; they can move safely around the roof to clean their gutters and solar panels safe in the knowledge that a slip will not result in a trip to a hospital or worse.

Did you know that Australian Standards require ALL height safety systems be inspected annually due to the high-risk nature of working at heights? Regardless of whether it’s commercial or residential, the experienced team of height safety professionals at Anchored can complete installation, inspection and certification of all anchor points and height safety equipment.

When it comes to roof anchor testing and safety inspection requirements, Anchored Height Safety is the best in the business. With Anchored, you can get full roof anchor inspection, testing and certification of fall arrest and rope access systems.

If you require a height safety solution on your property, call the expert Height Safety professionals at Anchored on (03) 9555 3586. Anchored Height Safety can provide you with the solution to any height safety and access related problem.

Bentleigh Project

Bentleigh – New Development

Bentleigh – New Development

We assisted the builder at very short notice to install a plant platform for the mechanical services to the block of apartments and installed rope access anchors to allow window cleans access to the windows on the building.

  • Even though the notice was short notice, we installed the platform within 48 hours’ notice. By doing this the builder did not have any hold ups for the other trades on the project.
  • We work closely with our clients to give them the best height safety solution to achieve what it is they need to achieve.
  • We work closely with our clients to give them the best height safety solution to achieve what it is they need to achieve.
  • With safety: If in doubt, ask Anchored!