Safety Anchor Points
Safety anchor points are crucial to the safety of work at height operations. Typically, they are installed on the roof and are used as a connection point for lifelines, work restraint systems and rope access. They form an integral component of the fall protection system that keeps our technicians safe while performing a job, whether it’s painting, window cleaning, light installation, concrete repairs, and more.
Safety anchor points can be permanent or temporary, depending on the client’s needs and the nature of the job. For example: permanent safety anchor points might be considered for buildings or structures that require frequent work by rope access technicians. They can also simple or highly sophisticated and complex, offering workmen a complete lifeline system.
In every scenario, Rope Access Abseiling Specialists follows EN 795 Legislation covering the installation and inspection of safety anchor points for work restraint, overhead attachment points, fall arrest, and rope access.
The installation of safety anchor points requires different components that are determined (using product guidelines) by the substrate into which they will be placed. Typically, the team at Rope Access Abseiling Specialists will first test the substrate by installing an anchor and performing a pull test until the anchor fails. This is reliable indicator of substrate strength and its ability to support a safety anchor point and, by inference, a rope access technician.
All anchors installed are pull tested to 6kN (kilo Newtons = ±612 kg), as per legislation. They are also tagged and uniquely numbered for inspection traceability and a full report issued to the client.
Anchors for rope access use should be inspected every 6 months – 1 Year Validity from the Tested & Certification Date.
Main Types of Safety Anchors
Mechanical anchors consist of a hole with an anchor rod hammered into it. A mechanical sleeve is on the anchor, which opens up, causing it to choke when tightened. Mechanical anchors are quick and easy to install but they are typically not a good long-term solution because they may cause waterproofing issues.
Chemical anchors offer the best safety solution. For installation, we drill a hole, clean it out, and inject a two-part chemical mortar before placing the anchor rod inside the hole. The use of this special chemical mix creates an iron-strength bond between the anchor rod and the substrate. Chemical anchors tend to be the strongest and can last as long as inspections are kept up to date, and as long as stainless steel materials are used.
All safety anchor points come in a variety of sizes, depending on the intended use. Generally, Rope Access Abseiling Specialists makes use of M10 or M12 for rope access and fall arrest jobs.
Safety Line Installation
Safety lines are a fundamental component in set-ups requiring work at height safety, and they are used to keep people doing work on high walls, roofs and other structures safe while they perform their trade. Through specially designed, planned and engineered anchor points, Rope Access Abseiling Specialists is able to install a safety line system that will keep work crews – whatever their tasks – safe.
We don’t only install safety lines for our own rope access technicians crews… we can also set up a fall restraint system for your own employees or workers that will allow them to work efficiently, safely and without restriction, even in high, awkward places. Our safety lines are design and engineered to keep work crews safe on sites where a fall could potentially cause fatality.
Rope Access Abseiling Specialists safety line installation services encompass:
- The inspection, testing and certification of any and all existing safety lines to make sure they meet standards and regulations.
- Consultation and drafting of recommendations onto the design plans of an existing building or structure. Our services can then, of course, extend to the assistance or the installment of these safety line plans…
- The installation of safety lines, which can either be a standard installation or one that is tailored to meet the precise requirements of your business or task.
We have completed safety line installations on a great variety of projects, including internal cranes structures, overhanging building structures, corrugated roof structures, overhead beams for truck loading bay safety and mining vehicles, among others. And it’s through this extensive work and experience that Rope Access Abseiling Specialists has, over the years, tested many, many safety lines. As such, we know exactly which equipment and techniques work, empowering us to offer our clients the best recommendations about which space-specific anchoring solutions are best suited to their application.
Contact Rope Access Abseiling Specialists
To find out more about our safety line installation services or to speak to us about your project, contact us directly at +27 83 519 5934 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rope Access Abseiling Specialists is based in Cape Town but we travel nationwide to cater to the needs of our clients.