Eyebolt Testing - Single Point Anchors (Eyebolts) Test & Inspection

Single point anchors are widely used to protect workers from fall hazards adjacent to openings and  are categorised as Class A1 Fall Protection systems under BS EN 795. All our eyebolt testing services and testing of single point anchors is undertaken in accordance with BS EN 7883.

They come in three main forms;

  • Eyebolts
  • Mobile Man Anchors (mass weight anchors)
  • Tripods – often used to protect a worker descending into a pit, hole or inspection chamber.

All Single point anchors are required to be tested and inspected on a 12 monthly basis.

For more information on our single point anchors Test & Inspection services please see below or contact us . . .

Eyebolt Testing

Permanently affixed single point anchors are often referred to generically as “eyebolts” or “D-Rings”, or by their manufacturer name of “safering™” or “pushlock™”. They are designed for attachment by a single user in a fall arrest or fall restraint situation.

Single point anchors, or ‘eyebolts’ as they are more commonly known, can be installed in a wide range of properties. In some instances, they are required to present a very decorative or discreet appearance – for example, when installed within a hotel bedroom or a public area of an office building. In other applications they need to be highly visible to allow the worker to identify them amongst a mass of pipes and steelwork in an industrial setting.

Our eyebolt testing & inspection team are trained to identify the various types of eyebolts and test in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations, avoiding wherever possible damage to surrounding surfaces. At Eurosafe Solutions, we have the resources and expertise to inspect, test and certify everything from a single point anchor to hundreds of eyebolts across a large expanse building.

Mobile Man Anchors

Mobile Man Anchors (sometime referred to counter weight anchors) are a form of single point anchors typically found on flat roofs and used for short duration roof top maintenance works. They form part of our inspection and testing service for single point anchor .

There are three types of Mobile Man Anchors:

  • Mass Weight Anchor
  • Freestanding Constant Force Post ®
  • Vacuum Anchors

The Mass Weight Anchor relies upon it’s mass and associated friction to arrest the fall/restrain the worker. They consists of a series of weights placed on a flat surface onto which the worker is connected in order to safely move around the working area. The minimum inspection frequency for this type is every 12 months in accordance with WAHR/BS EN795/ BS EN7883 based on it being used for fall restraint / fall arrest purposes. Those designed for abseiling purposes would come under LOLER and need to be inspected every 6 months.

The MSA’s Latchways ® Freestanding Constant Force post relies both upon the shock absorbing capacity of the Constant Force Post to arrest the peak load and the mass to arrest/restrain the fall. The minimum inspection frequency for this type is every 12 months in accordance with WAHR/BS EN795/ BS EN7883.

Vacuum anchors (EN 795-B) allow anchoring to virtually any smooth, non-porous surface. This type of anchor does not damage the structure and is a temporary solution on specific surfaces. They are widely used in maintenance tasks both in the aeronautical and railway industries. Such equipment generally requires a 12 monthly inspection and service, as recommended with the manufacturer.

Tripods

These are single point anchors often used to protect a worker descending into a pit, hole or inspection chamber. They would be used in conjunction with a fall arrest retriever inertia reel and winch would allow for the operative to be rescued in the case of an emergency. We provide a complete inspection and testing service for Tripods.

When it comes to confined space entry/rescue, it is essential that Tripod operates efficiently and quickly. Our Inspection engineers will undertake a complete function test and visual inspection of the tripod and its individual parts to ensure its functionality. The Minimum Inspection frequency for Tripod is 12 months in accordance with PUWER/BS EN795, however accessories such as the blocks should be inspected 6 monthly under LOLER.

For more information on our single point anchors Test & Inspection services contact us . . .

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