Installing & Inspecting Your Permanent Roof Anchors

Permanent roof anchors are a great fall protection solution for people working in construction. However, people who frequently maintain rooftops can also benefit from this particular device. One of the best ways to ensure that you are using equipment properly is to make sure that it is installed correctly and that it gets inspected properly. 

INSTALLATION
To ensure the success of the product, you should follow all of the warnings and instructions that are provided in the user manual. In regards to the location where you’d like to install the system, it’s important to perform a thorough inspection to ensure that all structures, trusses, and rafters are free from rot, decay, or defects.

In general, roof anchors should be installed on roofs or structures that are made of wood and sheathing. The roof material must be capable of supporting a minimum tensile load of 5,000 lbs. If the material is not able to support 5,000 lbs. minimum tensile load, a qualified person must confirm that the support structure maintains a safety factor of two, as per OSHA 1926.502. The location of installation should be selected so as to minimize the risk of swing fall hazards and limit free fall in relation to the length of your lanyard.

Additional considerations for installation and use will be noted in the product’s User Instruction Manual. Please make sure that you review that document carefully to ensure proper equipment usage and installation.  

INSPECTION
Prior to installation: Inspect the roof anchor device for any damage, defects, or missing components. If the roof anchor appears to be broken or not in good working order, please contact the manufacturer for a replacement.

Every time you need to use a permanent roof anchor, you should do a brief visual inspection of the equipment. During the inspection process, you will want to look at the anchorage and make sure that nothing is visibly broken or damaged. If any equipment is defective, poorly maintained, or unsafe in any way, the equipment should be removed from service immediately.

If the equipment has been subjected to the forces of fall arrest, it should be removed from service immediately. And any repairs that need to be made to the equipment should be performed by the manufacturer. Labels and other equipment markings must be legible and attached to the device.  And finally, upon visual inspection, the equipment should not have any signs of corrosion, chemical attack, alteration, excessive heating, or extreme wear.

In addition to inspecting the equipment before each use, a Competent Person other than the user (as defined by OSHA) should inspect the equipment annually. A Qualified Person should also inspect the equipment on a regular basis. You should always read the instruction manual thoroughly to maximize the effective use of the equipment.

Please note: These inspection points are meant as a minimum guideline and are not all of the potential inspection points that may be required for your particular situation. PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSPECTION PROTOCOL AS OUTLINED IN YOUR PERSONAL FALL PROTECTION TRAINING COURSE.

In order to enhance the likelihood of a successful and comfortable fall arrest with a fall protection system, it is a good idea to follow the inspection points that have been outlined above. Performing tasks in a construction or industrial environment can definitely damage the equipment in the area. In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of your safety equipment, you should regularly take the time to inspect your devices before you use them. Frequent inspections help reduce the likelihood of using equipment that is damaged and may fail when presented with the forces of fall arrest.

Until the next time, stay safe up there!

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Hannah Addison

Marketing Copywriter | Rigidlifelines.com
Hannah was formerly a Marketing Copywriter for Rigid Lifelines, a division of Spanco. She graduated from Kutztown University with a B.A. in Professional Writing.