Vacuum Single Point Anchors

Vacuum Single Point Anchors

Although sometimes specified for general industrial applications, Specialty Vacuum Anchors are used primarily for aircraft maintenance and inspection applications, providing temporary OSHA compliant tie-off capability where and when your mechanics need it.  Unlike rigid rail fall protection systems which can be cost prohibitive and ground based lift devices that can damage aircraft, vacuum anchors are versatile, simple to use cost effective solutions that rely on compressed air to suction the anchor to the surface of the aircraft.  Specialty Vacuum Anchors can be used for single point fall protection, or paired to create a temporary Horizontal Lifeline (HLL).

We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems designed for the aviation industry and have years of design and installation experience in this market sector.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.


Design Considerations

This self-contained vacuum single point anchor assembly can be powered by a single, on-board 48-cubic-inch compressed gas bottle, a large capacity detached bottle, or shop air. Unit can also power one additional secondary pad.  Ideal for anchorage applications with smooth or non-porus surfaces.

OSHA Regulations

  • Single Point Anchors
    • 1926.502(d)(15) Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows:
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(i) as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two; and
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(ii) under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
    • 1926.502(d)(16) Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(ii) limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iii) be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iv) bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet (1.07 m); and,
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(v) have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of an employee free falling a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m), or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.

Did You Know?

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths?