Working at height is an extremely common everyday occurrence in many businesses and operations around the UK. It can mean working at great heights, many stories above the ground, or it can also mean working at much smaller distances.
Regardless of the height at which you are working, safety remains a priority. You want to rest easy knowing that the equipment that you are using will keep you fully protected at all times. Anchoring equipment is one such piece of reliable gear – find out more below.
It’s important to note that working at height does not mean you are hundreds of metres above the ground! In fact, the Health and Safety Executive specifies it as:
"Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:
- Work above ground/floor level
- Could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
- Could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground"
You must take all necessary precautions when working at height
Now, if you’re looking for equipment that you can rely on, then we have just the right pieces!
Beam attachments are designed to fit securely onto beams and girders; the kind that you commonly find in places such as construction sites. They also fit safely onto other pieces of lifting gear, such as jib cranes or overhead cranes. Generally, they feature a secure clamp, and an anchoring point on the opposite side.
Beam clamps are one of the most common types of these attachments. They are high-strength items, and resemble a large claw. This ‘claw’ is used in many industrial environments, and fastens securely to various types of beams, providing an array of varying mobile anchoring points.
Extremely useful mobile anchoring points, providing a truly mobile operation. Beam trolleys fasten onto the beam, and using wheels, are capable of running the length of said beam.
A girder clamp is very similar to a beam clamp, and can fasten onto both beams and girders, providing a stable anchoring point. They can also be used to lift these beams and girders too.
Girders and clamps are popular mobile anchoring points
Loose tackle is a name given to smaller pieces of lifting gear used in many operations, and despite their small size, can provide an extremely stable anchoring point. Here’s some of the options available:
A collared eyebolt is one of the go to pieces of equipment when it comes to needing to create secure mobile anchoring points. They are strong, stable, and capable of handling great loads, up to 20 tonnes.
These feature a different variety and style to the collared eyebolts that are listed above. This variety offers a multitude of benefits to the user when it comes to:
- Lifting capacities
- Environments it can be used in
- Types and sizes of loads that it can handle
These work in the same way as the other eyebolts that we’ve listed above, except they are capable of swivelling without coming unscrewed. This is particularly useful if you plan to be moving around while working at height, and want to do so safely!
The above lists just some of the many ways that you can securely anchor yourself or a load to a fixed point, while working at height. There are many other equipment considerations that you must make if you plan to operate in these conditions, and for that we would recommend taking a look at our height safety equipment.
There are various rules and regulations that you must abide by should you be planning to work at height. Please familiarise yourself with The Work at Height Regulations 2005, as well as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
It is also important to speak to your lifting equipment manufacturer before conducting any operation; you can find our contact details below.
Clearly, as you can see from the above, there are many different types of equipment on offer, and we have several pieces contained within each category. If you are looking for mobile anchoring points, then the first most important step is to speak to us.
By finding out more about what it is you’re looking for, and how you want to conduct your operation, we can help filter down the choices and provide you with tailored recommendations. To begin this process, please find a full list of our contact details here.