Last week we looked at the many and varied applications for man anchors in different weather conditions – including wind, rain and ice.
With temperatures falling rapidly since midweek as the heavy rains subsided and more settled conditions arrived, it is the latter of these dangers that is likely to become increasingly concerning as the coldest period of winter sets in.
Man anchors and textured walkovers can both provide much-needed stability when essential maintenance work on rooftops and other elevated platforms cannot be put off until the weather warms up.
Walkovers provide a surface textured for extra grip, and can allow a level walking route to be created across pitched roofs.
But man anchors go a step further, tethering the individual to the roof itself so that they simply cannot fall off, or move outside of the safe working area.
Although man anchors might not prevent a slip on the roof itself, they can achieve the much more important task of ensuring that a slip of the foot does not turn into a fall from height.