A vacuum anchor is a type of safety anchor that a worker can attach to any smooth, non-porous surface as an anchorage (a point of attachment that is secure for work positioning, fall restraint, personal fall arrest). One of the main advantages of a vacuum anchor is that it is non-penetrating. For a worker working on the wings of an airplane or on the top of an RV where it is not practically possible to make holes to attach a fall protection anchor system, he/she can attach a portable vacuum anchor, and work safely, and fast. A portable vacuum anchor is a mobile unit that weighs less, one that can be easily carried by a worker, and install without much effort. Of course, it is imperative that your portable vacuum anchor meets the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)-requirements for fall arrest, for anchors.
The advantages of a portable vacuum anchor
The vacuum technology makes it possible to install a vacuum anchor without any surface penetrations. Making any sort of a penetration, no matter how small it is, will damage an aircraft or a locomotive or the roof of a house. Without a vacuum anchor, workers will have to work in such areas without any fall arrest systems. This will make the work slow as the workers will have to be extra careful, and in the end, productivity will be affected. Also, no matter how careful a worker is, 100% safety cannot be guaranteed as well. A vacuum anchor helps to ensure the safety of the workers, as well as help them to work fast.
The portability of the portable vacuum anchor helps the workers to carry it anywhere, easily. It is easy to install as well, just position the unit against the surface, turn the vacuum switch on, wait for the light to turn green or the indicating needle to be in the ‘safe’ position, and connect the cord or strap to the unit. It can be installed vertically or horizontally, on a flat surface or even on a surface that has a curve of up to 30-inches of minimum radius. The anchoring system can be used as an independent anchor point for one worker or even in conjunction with a secondary pad to provide safety support for 2 workers. The unit is compact; hence it can be transported via narrow passages as well. The portable protection anchor does not need any external power sources to work; it can be operated on a compressed air bottle. This eliminates the risk of the unit suddenly becoming inactive as a result of vacuum loss caused by any unexpected power outage. Also, the workers will not have to look out for any electrical cords, to prevent tripping.
The unit is constructed out of aluminum, and EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)-pad materials/blended rubber. This ensures that the unit is protected from external elements and that the attachment of the unit will not cause any damage to the surfaces.
Typical applications for the vacuum anchor include aircraft, tanker cars, tanks, transformers and others. Please contact us if you are not sure about the use of the vacuum fall protection anchor for your application.