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The most common fall protection anchor point consists of a vertical steel pipe, base plate, and tie-off ring. In collaboration with Guardian Fall Protection, we utilize their CB Series anchor points (including the CB-12 and CB-18) for tie-back anchorage purposes.

Recently, we began filling these anchor points with dense foam, as it mitigates the risk of rooftop damage brought on by condensation.

You see, when temperatures drop on a job-site, condensation can occur within the vertical pipe of the fall protection anchor point. And, as this condensation builds, it can cause moisture to work its way down the inside of the pipe, through holes in the base plate, and to the underlying roof flashing material.

If moisture gets under this roof flashing material, the rooftop can be damaged by rot or leaks. However, by foam filling the anchor pipe, condensation cannot occur within the pipe of a fall protection anchor point.

Additionally, by filling the pipe of an anchor point with foam, we protect the anchor point from deterioration. Condensation within the bare steel interior of an anchor point pipe creates rust, which quickly deteriorates the integrity of the anchor point. Rust is exceptionally dangerous as present inspection procedures cannot detect this type of deterioration.

Lastly, filling these anchors with foam is environmentally friendly, as it helps reduce the thermal coefficient of the roofing penetration. By reducing the thermal coefficient, more heat is kept inside of a building during colder months and less heat flows into buildings during hotter months. And so, carbon emissions are reduced and energy bills for tenants or owners are lowered.

By foam filling anchor points, such as the Guardian CB-12 or CB-18, rooftop safety is greatly improved. It is a simple and safe process that can easily be provided on any order of fall protection or window washing tie-back anchors. We believe that foam filling anchors is a necessary step toward improving the safety and quality of our fall protection products.

If you have more questions regarding evaluating risks on your job site, please feel free to reach out to us at 1.800.466.6385 or via my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..