ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Fall Protection Systems Guide

Updated on April 12, 2016

What Is A Fall Protection System?

Fall protection systems are used by gutter cleaners, painters, electricians and other tradesman that regularly climb roofs. But recent innovations have allowed anchor points to be more affordable, and so now savvy home-owners are using fall protection systems on their properties. This article will highlight the basics of a fall protection system, and help you decide what sort of system you will need for your property. This article is only a guide, please contact a professional fall protection systems installer for the best advice.

Fall Arrest vs Fall Restraint

A fall arrest system is a fall protection system that gives you freedom on the roof while still providing protection from falls. The fall arrest system stops you during the fall before you hit the ground. These have an energy absorbing feature, so that it is not a violent deceleration.

Fall restraint system prevents you from reaching the edge of the roof, and therefore the danger zone. This type of fall protection system, provides great safety, but limits workers freedom on roofs.

Anchor Points

This is the central aspect of your fall restraint system. An anchor point is installed at a secure location, either temporarily or permanently on your roof. This serves as the secure point which you attach your ropes to. Anchor points need to be installed by professionals, and certified annually, to ensure that they are in good working condition. If the wrong anchor points are installed they will not provide adequate protection, and could easily fall out when under load. There are different anchor types for every roof, so call a professional anchor installer who can help you choose the right type.

For example:

French Creek removable anchor – A temporary anchor for residential properties

Guardian CB 12 Anchor – Most popular commercial roofing anchor

Guardian Beamer 2000 – Used by roofers on steel roof structures

Miller Grip Anchor – Anchor point for concrete roofs.


Lanyards come with various functionalities and load ratings, but they have one simple function, to connect you to the anchor point. They are made of durable materials, and are extensively tested to ensure that they are safe to use. There are retractable lanyards which work in the same manner as a retractable seat belt. Alternatively there are also energy absorbing lanyards which do not have the retractable feature.

Body Harness

The lanyard is attached to the body harness, which distributes the load evenly, and ensures no loss of connection. The harness needs to be adequate for the tasks at hand, and also checked and load weighted. There is a wide array of body harnesses on the market, both in price and functionality. Contact a fall protection system installer for the latest ranges, and for specialist advice.

Universal Harness – The simplest type of body harness

Construction Harness – Comes with added functionality including tool belt option, waist belt and additional pockets and added padding.

Ladder Brackets

Ladder brackets are useful for individuals who are working at heights, and do not have an additional person to spot them. Australian legislation requires that workers have ladder s secured, and tied off when working at heights. A ladder bracket is permanently installed in a roof, and prevents the ladder from falling, and from any horizontal slipping. It provides great protection, and is not as expensive as a full fall prevention system.

This article is only intended as a guide. Contact a fall protection expert for specialist advice, and the latest news on working at heights.

A very good height safety video. Good shocking start, then very educational.

Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)