Installing a quality fall protection system is important when working on industrial rooftops. By securely tethering your employees and materials to a surface, you keep people safe and avoid damage.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a rooftop anchor.
Choosing the Right Anchor Point Type
The most important part of your fall protection system is the anchor points. Depending on how you’ll be using them, you can choose between the best type of rooftop anchors for your site. Before investing in a system, learn more about your requirements and what your system is expected to do for you.
- D-Ring. Best for strength in difficult conditions, but don’t provide a large range of motion.
- The most versatile since they can be used as a more temporary solution for fall protection systems. A quick and temporary fix.
- Rigid Post. More permanent and sturdier. This is best for roofs with a pitch that is equal to, or higher than 5:12.
- Tip-Over. Similar to the rigid post system, but ideal for a pitch of 4:12 or below.
- Cost-effective choice for industries that don’t require a permanent structure such as roof repair.
Getting the Right Equipment
Installing a rooftop anchor is only the first step in setting up a fall protection system. You will also need lanyards, d-rings, and any additional required fall protection equipment to complete your system.
Make sure all your equipment is approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This will ensure workers’ safety and will prevent any worksite accidents due to falling materials.
Don’t start work on a site without the proper equipment. Learn about the equipment that will work best for keeping your project and workers safe. And if you’re working with heights, that will include an OSHA-approved rooftop anchor system.