Most building owners and strata managers have probably heard of anchor points. But what are they exactly? And why are they important? Read on to find out.
What are Anchor Points?
An anchor point is a point of attachment for a fall arrest system. They are usually found at the top or on the side of a building and serve as a secure and safe way to ensure that those who are working on elevated surfaces will be protected from any potential falls.
There are three main types of anchor points: surface mount, concrete mount, and temporary anchor points.
Surface mount anchor points are typically found on metal roofs. They are easy to install, attaching directly to the rooftop with screws.
Concrete mount anchor points are designed to be fixed onto concrete surfaces. They are commonly used on high-rise buildings with concrete roofs for abseiling and installation of fall arrest systems.
Temporary anchor points are most commonly used for one-off jobs. They are not suitable for abseiling as they are not as strong as concrete or surface mount anchor points.
Why are Anchor Points Important?
Anchor points are important as they allow for the installation of fall arrest systems. These are systems that prevent injuries and fatalities when people working at-heights fall (such as netting and harnesses).
All building and strata managers have a legal obligation to ensure their building has functional, safe, and certified anchor points that are checked frequently.
For all anchor point installation, certification, and maintenance requirements, contact Magic Glass today. Our Rope Access Division can carry out thorough height safety inspections, ensuring your anchor points are compliant with all relevant Australian standards.