Harnessed Roof Anchor Safety Setup | Height Safety Basics

Too many falls from height are caused by a failure to plan and organise work properly. Start by planning a safe approach to best identify and minimize potential hazards.


Check For Pendulum Swing Risks and Potential Rope Cutting Edges


Minimise the potential fall distance by using diversionary anchors to provide continuous travel restraint and to reduce the risk of a pendulum effect in case of a fall.

The pendulum effect is a potential hazard resulting from lateral movement
or swing during a slip or fall. Appropriate positioning of single anchorage, diversionary anchors or the horizontal lifelines can reduce the risk of a pendulum effect in the event of a fall.

Check for potential cutting edges that may damage or cause failure of your ropes.

Metal Roof Anchors


This common metal roof anchor setup consists of a ‘T’ shaped roof anchor (pictured at bottom) and a flexible anchor (pictured at top). The user’s harness is attached to a fall arrestor with a shock absorber. The safe working area is shown.

Are You Wearing The Right Helmet?


Hard hats are only designed for protection from falling objects but not for work at heights. When working at heights it is essential that in the event of a fall the helmet is retained on the wearer’s head and can withstand multiple point impacts.

Great choices include Zero’s Apex APX-05 and Zertec ZPK Helmets.