Temporary anchorage solutions are ideal for (sporadic) work at height situations in which there is no permanent fall protection available. There are various temporary anchor points on the market, for example the twist anchor, the beam anchor and the parapet anchor.
The parapet anchor, as its name implies, helps anchor workers by attaching to an existing, structurally sound (low) parapet wall. If there is no parapet wall, however small, then the parapet anchor cannot be installed.
Work at height with a parapet anchor
An example of a work situation in which parapet anchors can be used, are cleaning or maintenance works to signage on the side of a building. Office buildings often have name signs installed on the sides of a building. Sometimes they have lights behind the sign, other times it’s just separate letters. Whether the sign needs to be cleaned, a light needs to be replaced, or a part of the sign needs to be repaired, you will need to work at height.
You’d have the best footing if you were to work from an aerial work platform, but we see plenty of work situations in which ladders are used. To ensure safety you can then install a parapet anchor at roof level. With a self-retracting lifeline, or retractable lanyard, you can attach to the anchor overhead and move to different work levels.
But the parapet anchor can also be employed when work has to be executed on top of a roof with a parapet wall. Whether the roof is flat or sloping with the parapet anchor workers can work safely.
Installation of the temporary anchorage point
Installation of a parapet anchor is simple and no additional tools are needed. The non-penetrating design is portable and reusable. The anchor just needs to be adjusted in width, to fit the parapet wall, and clamped in place. The XSPlatforms’ parapet anchor can be installed on parapet walls of 60 mm (2.4”) to 360 mm (14.2”) wide.
After installation users can connect their shock absorbing lanyard, or (self-retracting) lifeline to the anchor eye on the parapet anchor.
The installation and use of a parapet anchor requires user knowledge, so ensure that workers have received the proper training and instructions to use this product.