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What is a Fall Arrest Anchorage System?

Anchors are connection points that workers tie off to for support should they fall.  While anchorage points must be extremely strong to support force of a falling worker, the strength of the anchor is only one aspect of the strength of the system. Anchorage systems include a building structure and the actual anchorage device that the worker ties onto. Anchors must be fixed to an adequate structural member or they will not be effective, safe, or compliant. Some structural members will not withstand the weight of a falling worker. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the limitations of the anchorage system you choose and contact Certified Slings & Supply® for support in choosing the right system or installer.

Selecting the Anchor Point

Once you have the correct harness and connector to use, you will need a proper anchor point to tie onto. OSHA requires your anchorage system to be able to support 5,000 pounds per employee attached or be designed, installed, and used as part of a complete personal fall protection system with a safety factor of two under the supervision of a qualified person.

Removing the Anchor

Sometimes, an anchor is removed when the project is completed. Other anchors are designed to remain in place permanently for servicing purposes. When the anchorage is no longer needed, it can usually be covered or removed.

How We Can Help

Use a qualified professional to interpret whether your anchor point meets OSHA standards. At Certified Slings & Supply®, we provide you with fall protection equipment, including anchors, and offer courses to help your workers understand the requirements of fall protection safety. Fall protection relies on correctly installing and using harnesses, anchors, connectors, and lifelines. Let us help you keep your workers safe and in compliance with OSHA regulations. To learn more about our services, call us today at 1-800-486-5542.

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