How much strength does my anchor have to support?
According to OSHA regulations, anchorages used for the attachment of personal fall arrest systems shall meet the following requirements:
Construction: 29CFR 1926.502, Subpart M:
Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any other anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting “5,000 pounds” (22.2kn) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows:
(i) as part of a complete fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two:
(ii) under the supervision of a qualified person.
Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
• Limit the arresting force of an employee to, 1,800 pounds when used with a full body harness
• Be rigged as such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet nor contact a lower level
• Bring an employee to a complete stop and limit the deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet. (the length of the shock absorbers on the lanyards)
• And have sufficient strength to withstand the potential impact energy of an employee falling a distance of 6 feet, or the free fall permitted by the system, whichever is less.