Roof Anchor Points

Roof anchor point

A roof anchor point is a component of a roof fall protection system that allows workers to attach safety harnesses and equipment to fixed support in order to slow down and prevent falls. An anchor point may be temporary or permanent, with either type being crucial for ensuring the safety of workers and the prevention of injury.

What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint systems?

There are two types of roof anchor points: fall arrest and fall restraint systems. When planning, managing or completing work at heights, knowing the difference between these two could be what saves your workers from any falling injuries.

A fall restraint system prevents any falling accidents from ever occurring by using a fixed-length lanyard to leash workers to a stable anchor point such that they cannot move beyond the rooftop’s edge. When using a restraint system, it is important that all workers are tethered to the restraint system before any work begins, even if there is only limited ground clearance in your work area.

A fall arrest system doesn’t prevent a worker from falling, rather it reduces the fall to a safe distance and controls any surface contact to avoid injury. As the name implies, it “arrests” the worker in mid-air after they lose their grip and enter free-fall. These systems are just as dependent on solid, reliable anchor points to operate safely.

How do I choose the right roof anchor point?

More than anything else, the focus should be on ensuring your workers’ safety. When choosing the best option, it’s important to not only to consider the different types of anchor points available, but also the surface of the roof itself. Is it a metal roof? Is it tiled or corrugated?

Depending on these factors, our team of experts can customise a fall protection system to suit your situation. We can determine whether temporary or permanent roof anchors are the best option or even a combination of both.

Permanent Roof Safety Anchor Points

A permanent fall arrest anchor point system is perfect if your roof needs regular maintenance, such as solar panel care, skylight cleaning, access for contractors or gutter repairs.

Surface Mount Roof Anchor Points

This type of system is ideal for metal roofs, fitting cleanly into the roof's profile whilst providing a strong fall protection anchor point.

Concrete Mount Roof Anchor Points

This type of anchor point is more common in high-rise buildings with concrete roofs.

Roof Anchor Points for Tiled Roofs

Tiled roof anchor points rest below the tile. This way, the anchor points are unobtrusive and do not compromise any waterproofing.

Temporary Roof Anchor Points

If the project is a one-off job, it's best to use temporary anchor points. Even though they are removable, temporary anchor points provide equally stable support for working at height, holding tightly to any roof.

What makes our anchor points different?

Our anchor point systems offer many benefits:

  • Fall arrest rated/certified. All of our safety equipment undergoes thorough inspection and are certified to ensure maximum protection.
  • Advanced energy-absorption. In case of a sudden fall, our anchor points are designed to absorb energy and momentum to reduce impact and avoid injuries.
  • Cost-effective. We provide a specialised service, offering the most affordable options on the market without compromising any element of safety.
  • Easy to install. We promise a quick, efficient service to get your rooftop setup installed as soon as possible, allowing the rest of your projects to continue without delay.
  • Aesthetically fitted. While our anchor points provide high-quality safety, they are still designed to match the building aesthetic and to fit cleanly out of sight.

 

Working at heights can risk the health and safety of your workers, but with our anchor point systems you can put your mind at ease knowing you’ll receive the peak in rooftop safety service.

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Although roof anchor point installations may seem straightforward, it’s still best to consult an expert to ensure that there are no potential risks for on-site accidents present.

Our team considers every factor before recommending the best anchor point system for your needs. We comprehensively measure spans, fall distances and workplace hazards to come up with a design that offers as close to zero chance of injury as possible. Likewise, we also determine the most appropriate safety equipment needed, such as retractable lifelines, fixed lanyards or rope access.

To meet the Australian safety height requirements (AS/NZS 1891), a certified and licensed inspector must check your anchor points every 12 months. However, this schedule may vary depending on the frequency of use and the type of work environment. Essentially, the more harsh your working environment and the more frequently you use your anchor points, the more regular your inspection schedule will be. 

Inspection and certification of anchor points are vital not only for regulatory requirements, but also for the safety of your workers. It’s best not to leave these matters to chance, so we offer advice on how to determine the correct schedule of inspection as well as providing high-quality anchor points. Simply get in touch to discuss how we can set up a consultation for you.

Many factors affect the pricing of a roof access hatch, including, but not limited to, the type of roof and its pitch, ladder installations, the type of ceiling, and the location of the hatch. We are fully transparent when it comes to this information, providing a full rationale for every quote.

At Peak Commercial, we take the time to truly engage with you to determine the perfect solution and we take pride in providing a customised design and strategy for every roof anchor installation. Our team of structural experts have over 30 years of accumulated experience in construction, engineering, and structural fabrication, which we make available to every client with the intention of providing the best customer experience possible.