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Roof Anchor Load Testing

The Need for Periodic Roof Access Anchor Testing

Roof anchor points support fall protection and fall arrest systems as well as rope descent systems. It’s vital, therefore, that they work effectively and correct anchor installation and use are only part of that. To ensure they continue to protect your workers from falls, it’s essential they’re checked and that fall protection anchor load testing is undertaken at specific intervals. In order to comply with regulations, recertification of equipment is also necessary.

Regulations regarding fall protection anchor testing are issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several other organizations. It’s important that you are aware of these regulations and that you comply with them.

Regulations Covering Roof Anchor Testing

The main and most internationally recognized regulatory body is OSHA, which requires that anchorages for rope descent systems have to be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds for every attached employee in each direction. It further stipulates that building owners must ensure that such anchorages are inspected by a qualified person every year and that testing and recertification are necessary every ten years or as necessary.

For these purposes, a qualified person is one who has sufficient training, experience or qualification to undertake the work. Any necessary testing during the ten-year period may be due to major alterations to the building, accidental damage or exposure to severe weather.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) requires that anchors fastened by adhesive be tested and recertified by a registered professional engineer at no more than five year intervals while the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) states a maximum of five years for testing and recertification of fall protection systems that use anchorages. It also states that active fall protection systems need to be inspected prior to each use by an authorized person, and annually by a qualified or competent person.

Anchorage connectors used for window cleaning are required by ANSI to be inspected annually by a qualified person and must be recertified every ten years or after re-roofing or renovation that affects the cleaning process. Although these organizations do not have the same influence as OSHA, it often cites their standards and they are viewed as accepted bases of care. Speak to our team about installing window washing anchors.

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Ensuring Systems are Safe to use

Roof systems are open to the elements and can suffer corrosion, cracks and other impairments that cause them to lose strength. Consequently, inspection and roof anchor load testing should be undertaken at least as frequently as the minimum requirements. Testing may include pull testing that checks the strength of the anchor although this needs to be carried out with care to avoid damage that will require a replacement.

To ensure your anchorages remain effective and safe to use, the Shine on Anchors team can arrange a program of inspecting and testing at prescribed periods, generally annually. We’ll check that the current layout is appropriate, that everything is set up correctly and that there are no signs of deterioration or loss of strength. If necessary, we’ll undertake pull tests and will issue recertification for anchors that are satisfactory, replacing those that are not. The result will be a full protection system that’s always effective, safe and compliant.

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Roof Anchors Inspection Requirements

If you are on the search for the best rope access companies in the USA, hire Shine On Group. Our expertise in designing, supplying and installing Industrial Rope Access (IRA) systems is unbeatable. We also offer the best services for Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians or SPRAT certified technicians.

If you are searching for the best industrial rope access system in the USA, look no further than us. Our objective is to make our customers aware of the modern anchorage and fall protection systems. IRA is being extensively utilized in a broad array of inspection, repair and maintenance works which demand access to difficult areas that are normally inaccessible. Our services always offer the best assistance for the building owners so that they comply with the regulations put forward by OSHA and ANIS on anchorage systems. When you hire our services, you don’t need to worry about the cost, because our prices are the most cost effective ones in the industry.

Roof Anchor Load Testing Services

Ensuring that your fall protection system, including roof anchors, are safe is extremely important. It’s not enough to install a system if you never inspect it to make sure it’s still working properly. Guidelines and regulations change which means you need to stay up to date, and improper usage or wear and tear from the elements can cause damage to your anchors. Finding these before it’s too late is crucial for avoiding accidents or bigger repair fees to fix larger issues that could have been nipped in the bud earlier. It’s required by OSHA that an inspection is performed once every 12 months, and one of the most cost-efficient and simple ways of doing it is by using a rope access system. For the best and most reliable rope access anchor testing services in the USA, you should choose the Shine On Group. We design, supply, inspect and maintain the safest, highest quality rope access systems and fall protection systems in the country and have the expertise to provide you with the peace of mind you need for your operations to continue.

Why Rope Access Anchor Testing is Important?

Using a rope access system to perform inspections is very cost-efficient and easy, which is why many prefer it to other methods. Your alternatives are usually expensive scaffolding or swing staging, which takes more time to set up, requires more people, costs more money and is generally disruptive to the building’s environment. A rope access anchor testing is much more affordable and less time-consuming. If you choose the Shine On Group, you can save up to 66% compared to conventional staging equipment. Rope access systems can still be fully compliant with all OSHA requirements, and when you choose us, they’re guaranteed to exceed all safety protocols.

Choosing Shine On Anchors for Rope Access Services

When it’s time for your next roof anchor inspection, choose the Shine on Anchors. We have extensive expertise and experience after being in the industry for over 20 years and completing over 2,500 projects all over the US. Our prices are extremely competitive and all our workers are highly trained and skilled experts who know exactly what they’re doing. We offer one of the most cost-effective services in the country, giving you the best value for your money and never compromising on safety for a cheaper service. We’ll keep your fall protection systems certified and OSHA-compliant. We also offer fall positioning system installation. To find out more and book an inspection, fill out the form on our website or use the contact details to get in touch.


Following visual inspection and load testing, an anchor system can be considered safe to use. Companies receive a full certification from us, as well as detailed documentation of the testing process.

At this point, your certification can be used to ensure that you are not liable in the event of an accident involving property damage. It also ensures that you will not have to pay fines due to non-compliance with safety standards.

Finally, you will rest easy knowing that the safety and wellbeing of your contractors and company are taken care of and your risk has been mitigated.

Access To Key Inspection Insights

An inspection report is one of the assets our professional staff can provide for clients.

This report will include:

– Metrics of certification
– Any current abnormalities within your system
– Strong recommendations based on this report to ensure long-term building compliance

Easily Meet Compliance Requirements

There are several requirements that a complex industrial fall protection system must pass to be operational. Our employees are fast, efficient, and thorough in evaluating and testing these requirements.

Damage to property and assets can become costly in the event of an accident, which is one reason why frequent inspections are worth the investment. Along with damage to equipment, your anchor system can carry workers. Human passengers mean that the risks in the event of an accident are far greater than other safety concerns.

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