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If you’ve ever worked on and around a building, you’ll know the inherent safety risks involved. Businesses must invest in high-quality protective and preventative equipment to keep workers safe, with anchor points being one essential element in the height access industry.

As a building manager, property manager, or PCBU, you may be concerned about anchors causing damage to your building. In this article, we’ll go into detail about what anchors are, how they work, and how to install them correctly to alleviate any worries about damage.

What is an anchor point?

An anchor is a type of engineering control designed to prevent falls and other dangers when working at height. They’re part of the same line of equipment that includes static lines, fixed platforms, walkways, stairways, and ladders.

Anchors work by creating an safe anchoring point so that rope access technicians can abseil and manoeuvre safely down and around buildings. They must be mounted securely to a solid surface (such as a roof, surfeit, parapet or side of building) and can be either permanent or temporary.


Any businesses performing commercial property maintenance work must take every step to stay safe. Anchor points are one critical part of an effective facade or building maintenance safety plan.

 

The two main anchor point configurations we use in Australia are:

• Fall arrest anchor points—these provide an attachment point as part of an overarching fall arrest system. They are designed to arrest a person’s fall mid-air, lessening the impact and significantly reducing the chance of severe injury.
• Rope access anchor points—these devices make ascending and descending safer and easier for workers. Workers often use them when accessing facades, cleaning windows, or performing any other kind of harness-based work.

 

Why and when to install roof anchors

Installing anchors is an essential choice any time you—or somebody else working on your property—plan to work on a roof or in any situation where there is a risk of a fall of more than two meters.

For example, if you’ve hired window cleaners to work on your property, they will each need an appropriate amount of anchor points to support their harness and equipment. Additional anchor points may be necessary for an extra lifeline system—professionals will know exactly how many are required.

So, now you understand why installing anchors is a safety necessity, let’s discuss the chances of damage and how you might prevent it.

 

Will installing roof anchors damage my building?

If you need work performed on the externals of your building, and need anchors you may be worried about damage to its structural reliability or membrane. You might also feel concerned about the chance of water leaks.

Thankfully, you can rest assured that your roof will remain secure and damage-free if the anchors are installed correctly by certified professionals. An anchor installation expert will use only the highest-quality suppliers while strictly adhering to international and Australian standards, ensuring a safe and secure result.

 

How to prevent damage when installing anchors

Professional height access specialists will know the steps to take to ensure your anchors don’t cause damage to your property. These steps can include quality control, regular inspection and testing, and thorough site documentation.

This documentation will detail the location of each attachment point and its intended function, along with the qualifications and name of the installer. It should also include instructions for using the system safely.

Finally, professional installers will need to hold relevant and appropriate QBCC licence to ensure the correct anchors are installed for your property—and also that they’re placed in the right location (this is super important!).

Together, all of these steps will guarantee a thorough, secure, and safe installation that will keep any type of property free from damage.

 

Hire a professional to install your anchors safely and securely today.

We’re experts in rigging and rope access services. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to ensure your roof anchor installation goes smoothly and safely.

We’re certified with SafetyLink, Sayfa, and Safety Roof Anchors and have yet to experience damage to anchors and roof membranes, structural damage, or water leaks. We’re certified to install anchors including:

• Chemical set concrete mount anchors

• Purlin-mounted anchors

• Surface-mounted anchors

Ready to get started? Contact us today and have a chat with our friendly team and discuss your roof anchor installation needs. Alternatively, you can request a quote via our simple online form.

 

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