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What is a 5,000 lb. anchor and why do we use it?

Anchors are one of the most critical components of fall protection equipment. When a worker ties-off to an anchor, it must be able to withstand the force of a free fall during a fall arrest. That’s why 5,000 lb. anchors are the industry standard.

This week’s Dynamic Discussions video discusses what a 5,000 lb. anchor is and why workers need them.

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For fall protection systems, OSHA mandates that jobsites must use 5,000 lb. anchors. According to the OSHA standard 1910.140, if you’re tying-off workers for fall protection, the anchor point must be able to support at least 5,000 lbs. per person attached. Anchors must be designed appropriately and tested to prove they can withstand the forces applied to them in the case of an emergency fall arrest. 

You can follow another segment of the OSHA code to get the proper anchors if you can’t find one capable of supporting 5,000 lbs. per worker attached. This guideline requires you to design, engineer, and install the anchor under the supervision of a qualified person, like a professional engineer. When you’re designing the anchor, keep in mind that it must hold a safety factor of at least two. The safety factor is essential because it increases worker safety and reduces the risk of product failure.

It’s also important to note a common misconception about a 5,000 lb. anchor. Many may think a 5,000 lb. anchor can withstand the shock of 5,000 lbs. falling, but that is not particularly true. The anchor can support 22.2 kilonewtons of force, which is equivalent to the poundage measurement but not the same as an applied force. It’s surprising to see how much force a grown person can generate when falling, which is why 5,000 lb. anchors are vital.

When you shop for a 5,000 lb. anchor, ensure it follows OSHA standards. You can also talk to a professional for help if you’re unsure how to go about the process.

Shop Malta Dynamics Anchors

At Malta Dynamics, we offer 5,000 lb. anchors and accessories you can add to your fall protection equipment. Our anchors comply with OSHA codes 1910 and 1926 Subpart M for personal fall arrest systems. Browse through our selection of anchors today. 

If you need assistance finding the best 5,000 lb. anchors for your team, contact us to speak with one of our trained professionals. We love to help!

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