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Why Anchor Point & Fall Arrest System Testing Matters

Posted 17 Sep by

Prior to 2013, anchor points or fall arrest systems within Australia were subject to some pretty lack luster regulations. However all that has changed with the introduction of AS/NZS 5532:2013 This was a regulation released in order to ensure further safety for single-point anchor device used for harness-based work at height.

Off Your Wall work in strict accordance with these regulations and are licensed, certified installers and testers of a wide range of anchor points. Here’s some useful information about anchor points, their purpose and importance within the industry.

What are anchor points?

Anchor points are restraint points which are essential parts of fall protection systems. Used by workers who operate at heights, anchor points are designed and tested to prevent injury or death by way of falls. Before having anchor points installed, it’s important that you understand the different types of anchors and their roles.

Different types of anchor points

There are several types of anchor points, one of which is an abseiling anchor. As the name suggests, this is for tradesmen who abseil or rappel down from heights. This type of anchor is designed to take the worker’s load at all times.

A fall arrest, on the other hand, is a type of anchor which involves the safe stopping of a person already falling. An example of a fall arrest system may be a catch platform, lifelines or a rope grab.

Of course when it comes to installation and testing costs, prices vary. Our average hourly rate is $85, but this isn’t a fixed rate. It really depends on the different factors we need to take into account, such as the time it takes to install the system, and the type of roof structure. Factors such as this may affect our overall quote.

Anchor point certification

Our company’s services include the certification process, along with being licensed to re-certify anchors. We have qualified technicians who ensure that your anchors are safe and are compliant with Australian standards.

The certification process starts with a checklist that our staff goes through during every inspection, which ensures that everything is safe to use.

For example, if we are working on an anchor that’s been set into the concrete, we blow tip it with a cold machine, and load it up to a predetermined rating to ensure it can handle the weight. If the anchor has been screwed into a purlin, we check all the fixings to ensure correct placement, as well as to ensure there’s no rust or corrosion around key areas.

With fall arrest lines and static lines, we make sure that all the tensioners are secure and all the split-pins are facing the right direction, and that there’s no frays on the actual steel cabling itself.

If the anchors are not certified, is it safe to use them?

No, and it is imperative that building owners certify anchors every 12 months. Re-certification assures that the anchors are always fit for use. If something happens and we use those anchors and they’re uncertified, both the company and you, as a customer, will be held liable.

During a site visit, our staff check and tag each individual inspected anchor with a sticker that says that it’s been inspected and rated. If there is an anchor that is no longer fit for use, we decommission or remove it.

Once completed, we accomplish a certificate containing details on how many anchors are tested and the results. We will then pass this to the building manager or the body corporate. We do not charge the certification process, as it’s already included in our quotation.

Interested in working with us?

Off Your Wall provides trusted and safe anchor installation and testing. If you’d like to learn more about our services, or if you’re ready for a quotation, simply get in touch with our friendly staff and we’ll schedule a meeting with you,