7 Guidelines Working With Roof Anchors
Roof anchors are a very important piece of equipment for anyone who needs to be working on the roof of a building, or near the roof of a building. They are a tool that can make the difference between life or death for workers and are mandatory for many jobs due to safety implications.
1. The type of anchor to use
There are multiple types of anchors. Some are permanent and are more likely to be used for consistent work that must be done on a building, like window-washing and things like that. Temporary roof anchors are also available and would be the likely choice for work that is being done on the roof that would potentially need to be moved as the work continues and would be unnecessary after the work is completed.
2. Custom roof anchor systems
It is possible to have your roof anchor system customized. This service is necessary because roofs can come in so many different shapes and sizes, it’s impossible to standardize them. If the roof is a rather standard shape, pre-made anchors will work perfectly, however for very unique roofs it may be necessary to get a little more creative.
3. The weight a roof anchor can hold
Depending on the unit, the weight a roof anchor can hold may differ. It is important to note, however that there are two types of weights that are measurable on these devices.
Static weight is the amount of weight the unit can hold consistently, while ultimate force is the amount of weight the unit can handle on a one-time basis like in a fall situation. It is force that is applied and removed immediately after.
4. Don’t confuse the terms
There are many terms a roof anchor can go by. Some of these include a tie-back, a davit anchor, and a safety anchor. These terms are not, however, synonymous with the word davit. Although this term is often used interchangeably with roof anchor, it is actually a different piece of equipment. Davits can sometimes be used in tandem with a roof anchor and offer similar functions which explains some of the confusion.
5. Keeping up with maintenance
For permanent roof anchors, it is important to maintain the system that has been installed. Neglecting to do so could cause the system to become unreliable and could be the cause of preventable accidents.
Annual inspections are usually mandatory for roof anchors and similar equipment. Inspections are normally also required if any adjustments or changes are made to an existing system. These requirements may change depending on the local laws and bylaws.
6. Consulting a professional
Having a professional or a someone from a professional company weigh in on your roof anchor needs is a good choice, because choosing the wrong system can be dangerous and slow down processes.
Professionals can recommend the best system, or design one that is engineered for the project and purpose at hand. This will ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
7. Installing a fully-operational system
Some building owners may wish to opt for a less complete roof anchor system, for instance, if they are trying to save money or they think any more equipment would be unnecessary.
It’s crucial that building owners take the advice of the professional consultant and not to disregard the importance of having a completely functional roof anchor system.
The reason is that workers will often do what they have to in order to complete their work. If the system is not fully operational, a worker may make a wrong move and end up injured or killed. Roof anchor systems must be complete in order to avoid these types of accidents on the job.