MATE R IALHAN DLI NGSPOTLIGHT
When it comes to investing in and installing fall arrest equipment, how to safely anchor the system can be one of the most difficult and
confusing decisions. Even the most comfortable harness
and a maximum shock-absorbing design can be useless if
the anchorage device is not designed to withstand the load
associated with a fall. Luckily, we’ve set out to answer
five of the most common questions around anchorage —
keeping both your workers and your products safe and
1. What is an Anchorage? An anchorage is a secure
point to attach a lifeline, lanyard, deceleration device
or any other fall arrest or rescue system. Anchorage
points include structural steel members, pre-cast concrete
beams, and wooden trusses.
Anchor points can also be certi-
fied (Engineered) or non-certi-
fied but all anchor points should
be confirmed by an engineer.
2. What do I need for proper anchorage? An anchorage
connector (or an anchor).
An anchorage connector is a
piece of equipment used as a
safe means of attachment for
the lanyard or lifeline to the
anchorage, such as cable and
synthetic slings, roof anchors,
trolleys, and beam clamps.
3. Where is the anchorage connector installed? That depends.
Every workplace is different but
there are some common places
to avoid installing the anchor.
Generally, anchor points at feet
level significantly increase the
free fall distance in the event
of a fall. As such it’s best not
to install them at that height. Likewise, anchors located
directly to the side of the work area can increase the danger
of “swing falls” where the user swings to the attachment
point should a fall occur. If a wall or other structure is in the
area, the system may arrest the fall but cause injuries as the
worker crashes into the obstacle directly below the anchor-
age point. When installing an anchor it is best to consult a
fall protection expert, such as a structural engineer, who can
correctly identify the proper anchor points for each unique
4. What’s new in the marketplace? One of the newest
advances in the market are enclosed track systems that are
designed with the work being performed in mind. These sys-
tems are normally installed overhead and feature a smooth
By Kevin Duhamel, Gorbel Tether Track™ Product Sales Manager
Five Things Your Company
Can’t Afford NOT to Know
When establishing safe anchoring procedures for fall arrest equipment, it’s
important to address these commonly asked questions.