There is a lot of information out there on height safety systems: some good, some bad. Your safety and the safety of people that work for you is a subject that should not be taken lightly! The following is a brief explanation of some of the essential points for roof safety. If you need to talk to a specialist, Sydney Anchor Points offer free consultations and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Roof Anchor Point
A roof anchor point is precisely what it sounds like; A point on a roof you can anchor or attach yourself to with a lifeline or lanyard. Generally, these come in two types:
• Fall restraints stop the user from getting close enough to the edge to be able to fall.
• Fall arrest minimise the injury incurred by a fall, usually stopping the user from hitting the floor!
There is an extensive range of roof anchor points for every type of roof; tiles, terracotta, concrete, slate, as well as iron, colorbond® steel and metal sheeting.
Roof anchor points can be broken down into two main groups; temporary roof anchor points & permanent roof anchors points. But there are many types of roof anchor points: Concrete mounted, rafter mounted, steel-fit, eye bolts, rail systems, I-beam, metal decking, parapet and speciality anchors.
NOTE: Temporary roof anchor points are always the last resort! They provide less protection than fixed anchor points. But in some instances, they are a useful tool as long as they are used correctly! The user must have special training, and trained workers must install them.
An essential feature of modern anchor points is energy absorption. They are designed so that if the user has the bad luck to fall from the roof, the energy absorption cushions the fall, reducing the risk of injury. This also stops the roof from being damaged by the kinetic force caused by the fall.
How many anchor points should I have on my roof?
Finding the correct installation points on a roof is vital to creating a height safety system compliant with all necessary legislation and offers an easy-to-use use system.
Sayfa guidelines will give you an idea of how many anchor points you will need:
1. Never place an anchor more than 10 meters from the roof edge. Otherwise, the user will require a longer than the standard 15-meter rope line, which will be overly heavy and cumbersome.
2. Never leave more than 6 meters between anchor points as this will create dead zone areas at the roof edge, increasing the possibility of a fall.
3. The main anchor point must always be placed at the same distance from the gutter edge of the roof as the distance from the gable end of the roof.
Every roof is different and requires a unique safety system to ensure that all workers are safe and legislation compliant. To save yourself from problems further down the line, it is always best to consult a professional installer. Often, a good installer will save you money in the long run as they know how and where to install anchor points, achieving full coverage with a minimum amount.
Falls from ladders account for the greatest number of fatalities in height safety-related deaths. Half of the falls from less than 3 meters result in a fatality.
Ladder brackets prevent slippage and movement, removing the need for a second person at the base of the ladder. In addition, ladder brackets allow workers to access a roof safely.
Roof Access Hatches
Roof access hatches allow easy access to the roof from the interior of the building. Especially useful on high buildings where ladder access can be difficult or even impossible! Of course, it is generally the safest way to access a roof and seriously reduces the risk of falling.
They are usually found in non-residential buildings like hospitals, office buildings, warehouses and commercial centres. But they are also found in larger apartment buildings
Ideally, a roof anchor point is placed within a meter of the access hatch, so workers can safely connect their harnesses before going out onto the roof.
When must height safety systems be used?
The Work Health & Safety legislation requires that employers provide a safe working environment. Therefore, as far as is practical, they must provide a safety system for all on the worksite.
Australian WHS/OH&S regulations require that all height safety systems are inspected annually to ensure that everything is still in good working order. If done correctly, you will be issued a height safety certificate that is valid for 12 months. The technician must correct any problems found in the safety system before a certificate can be issued.
It stands to reason that all safety equipment must be installed and certified by a fully-trained and qualified height safety technician.
Working at heights can be a scary and dangerous task! If you or people who work for you will be working in high places, you need to take the utmost precaution! Don't put your life or the life of others in the hands of Google and DIYers! It only takes a second and a bad decision for someone to lose their life. Sydney Anchor Points is a family run business with more than 20 years of experience and services more than 12000 properties, both residential and strata-titled, in Sydney.
So if you need a height safety system, talk to the best in Sydney! They offer a Sydney wide service for all types of properties and all kinds of roofs.
Starting from their free quotation service, they will guide you through the whole process! They offer certification and annual re-certification, even on installations from third parties. So you don't forget to re-certify, they also provide a yearly reminder service so you can rest assured that your property will always be WHS/OH&S compliant!
Don't waste any more time; contact them today, via phone or their website
Sydney Anchor Points
Address: 14/5-7 Prosperity Parade, Warriewood NSW 2102
Phone: (02) 8020 5777