Roof anchors vs. guard rails - the legals and the financials in a nutshell

Earlier today, I received a message from a friend of mine Carl Sachs of Workplace Access & Safety. Carl wrote an article for the November edition of FM Magazine.

In Carl's article he illustrates the total cost of ownership of both Anchors and Guard Rails. here is a copy of the email from Carl and a link to the article...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carl Sachs
Date: Oct 7, 2008 11:13 AM
Subject: Roof anchors vs. guard rails - the legals and the financials in a nutshell

Dear Russell,

Most facility managers and safety professionals know guard rails are safer, more convenient and the right choice according to the law, but what about the cost?

Clients often ask us to compare the cost and convenience of roof anchors and guard rails, so I wrote the attached article, which was published in "Facility Manager" to set the record straight.

As you'll read in the article, Australian Standard AS/NZS 1891 and the Workcover authorities stipulate that roof anchors on commercial and industrial buildings are tested annually.

To read the full article, click on the following link: Fall Prevention: Guard Rails vs Roof Anchors

We've put together a comparison of the two that shows how the numbers stack up.

Workplace Access & Safety manufactures, installs, inspects, tests and recertifies roof anchor, static line and guardrail systems. We offer a national service.

To discuss your roof and fall prevention, call us on 1300 889 894 or send me an email.


Carl Sachs

Workplace Access & Safety
T 1300 552 984
F 1300 551 612

9-11 Shearson Crescent, Mentone 3194

2/18 Enterprise Circuit, Prestons 2170

22/28 Burnside Drive, Stapylton QLD 4207

84E Stanbel Road, Salisbury Plains SA 5109

A director of Workplace Access & Safety, Carl Sachs also represents the Master Builders Association on the committee for AS 1657-1992: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders ? Design, construction and installation. He can be contacted at

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Guard Rails vs Fall protection equipment
Submitted by dswinson on October 30, 2008 - 21:23.

This is great information.

We have recently put together a works specification for a specific project that described the need for protecting workers accessing roof top stair pressurisation equipment in an existing building.

We tried to describe the requirement in performance terms leaving the Contractor to recommend pricing for their preferred option.

The preferred Tenderer is still being suitably coy about their preferred option! This article from Carl certainly helps us better assist our client in their Tender assessment.

Thanks Russ.

David Swinson
Fire Safety Consulting Pty Ltd
A Maintenance Essentials Partner
1300 791 602