22 Feb How Many Roof Anchor Points Do I Need
As a worker in the industry, you’ll understand that there’s many crucial tricks to the trade, including safety precautions. If you or your employees are working from heights, it’s important to keep your team safe with the use of roof anchor points. There’s a lot to consider when installing these, so how exactly do they work and how many should you be using?
Learn more about choosing the right amount of anchor points for your site and reach out to us at Australian Height Safety Services for a comprehensive roof safety assessment.
Why Use Roof Anchor Points?
Before deciding how many anchor points you should be using, it’s important to understand why exactly you need them. There are significant risks involved with working at heights, including potential fall injuries and even fatalities. Workplaces should minimise these risks with the use of anchor points, paired with other PPE such as harnesses and lanyard fall protection systems. An effectively used anchor point will keep you and your team safe from fall hazards.
Identifying Potential Hazards
Without necessary knowledge and precaution of roof anchor points, various factors can pave way for potential hazards. For instance, some common roof safety hazards include:
- Skylights and windows
- Unprotected ladder access points
- Holes in the roof or instability
- Loading dock or vehicles impacting fall clearance
- Chemical, electrical or radiation hazards from piping and equipment
- Unsuitable PPE for the work project at hand
It’s crucial that you’re identifying and taking into account any potential obstacles your team may run into whilst working on site. Consider these when determining appropriate use of roof anchor points. At Australian Height Safety Services, we’re experts in roof safety systems, and can create a comprehensive safety plan to address your site’s potential hazards.
How Many Anchor Points Should I use?
Unfortunately, this isn’t a one-size-fits all situation which means you’ll have to tailor the number and type of anchor points used to your specific site. There are a lot of factors to consider when determining this, including:
- How many people are working on the site
- What type of work is being undertaken?
- Where is the walking and working space?
- What is the timeline for the work project?
- The roof plan and elevation drawing available
Conduct a thorough safety assessment of all height safety hazards and fall prevention strategies, including these points. These factors will influence the anchor point system you’ll use and ultimately the type and number of roof anchor points you’ll require.
Anchor Point Systems
The amount of anchor points you’ll need will also be affected by the type of anchor point and system you are using. There are two primary systems which anchor points will utilise:
- Fall arrest system: for when a worker free-falls through space. This will prevent impact at a lower level by ‘arresting’ them mid-air.
- Rope access system: for fall protection where conventional methods aren’t applicable. Allows workers to navigate ropes upwards or downwards in the safety of a harness or work seat.
Types of Roof Anchor Points
Depending on the type of work you are doing, you’ll need to utilise different roof anchor points. These should include:
Low Pro Roof Anchor Points: Features safe access to roof edges and fall risk areas. Useful for safe maintenance of gutters and roof mounted equipment as well as rope access for windows when used in pairs.
Xplora Roof Anchor Points: Enables safe access to roof plant and equipment, as well as gutter maintenance and rope access. Available as concrete or surface mounted roof anchors.
3Sixty Roof Anchor Points: Uses an energy absorbing swivel eye for supporting uniform load distribution and preventing snap hook roll-out. Enables easy mobility and safe access for guttering, edge flashing and roof plant and equipment.
Roof Anchor Points Melbourne
If you’re unsure on how many roof anchor points will be best for your site, it’s best to reach out to a specialist in construction safety to make sure your team are protected. Our team at Australian Height Safety Services are expertly trained in roof anchor points, with locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for best supporting your workplace safety measures. Get in touch with us for specialised advice on your height safety and fall prevention systems.