A new safety device has been invented by a Yorkshire roofer, designed to save time and money for companies engaged on small scale projects.
The ‘Roof Anchor’ is the brainchild of Brighouse-based roofing specialist Chris Hopkins and was sparked by his own experience of being a roofer for more than 20 years.
Ploughcroft managing director Chris Hopkins said:
“I was frustrated at the amount of time and money we and other roofing companies were having to spend putting up scaffolding on short duration works.
“I was convinced I could come up with an alternative that would still meet safety standards but without the time and expense of erecting scaffolding.”
The Roof Anchor is made up of a harness, rope grab and anchor device which attaches to timber rafters or trusses. It is manufactured in Britain, is tested to BS EN 795 standards and will fit all types of roofs specified in the installation instructions.
“It’s a great device because it saves time and money, ensures the safety of an individual roofer and doesn’t compromise the integrity of the roof surface.
“Feedback so far shows there is a real need for the Roof Anchor which I believe is a first for the industry.”
Ploughcroft specialises in roofing, extensions, loft conversions and insulation solutions. The company is also a Green Deal assessor organisation and Chris is a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board, representing SMEs in the construction sector.