roof fall arrest mansafe protection systems

What is the need for fall protection systems at height?

To ensure the safety of all personnel working at height on flat or pitched roofs, fall prevention equipment may need to be installed for properties in the UK.
An approved cable-based fall arrest system, such as ManSafe, RoofSafe or UniLine (ManSafe equivalents), can be a critical component to height safety, keeping users firmly attached to a system. (Mansafe is the generic term for roof fall arrest and fall restraint lifeline systems)
Mansafe systems are not always the most appropriate, and collective protection systems such as guardrail systems can be more suitable. Each system has it's own benefits, so ensure you take sound advice before any system is installed to your roof.

UK installers of roof fall protection systems

We provide our clients with the design, supply and installation of height safety equipment.

The team at STQ Vantage is one of the UK’s most forward-thinking specialists in the design and installation of approved horizontal roof safety anchor line man safe fall protection systems. You've come to a team who can help you. If you need a safety roof system to protect workforce whilst working at height then feel free contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

As there are several types of fall arrest systems on the market we provide our customers with an advanced and versatile range, to ensure they receive long-life, anti-corrosive systems.

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Fitted installation of fall arrest anchor line wire system on Bitchumen roof and certificated

The completed installation of a roof restraint protection safety anchor line system. The design enables safe gutter access and maintenance work to be carried out throughout the building life.

UK roof angel fall arrest protection life line system post

The partial installation of a Roof Angel restraint system, fitted to a bitchumen roof


Hassle-free, damage-free installations

Do you ever get that uncomfortable feeling when deciding who to put the fall-arrest package with - when you are debating whether to let the package with the roofing company to avoid problems if there is a problem with the installation of the fall protection system to the roof? What if damage occurs to the roof during the installation?

We know some people do get that feeling, and it doesn't feel good. Especially when you know there could be saving if it you work direct with the fall-arrest company and it all goes right! You feel you could lose out there too.

We realised this was a concern and geared our approach to eliminate these hassles.

To ensure problems do not occur on site, we liaise with roofing companies to ensure our customers always receive a problem-free installation from us. We found preparation removes problems, so we give that little bit extra.

Secondly, our engineers are highly trained in installing fall-protection systems to high-quality standards avoiding damage from occuring. That's how we have gained our reputation for quality workmanship.

Customers have phoned us numerous times just to tell us their appreciation of how well we have worked for them. We appreciate those comments too - thank you!

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A retro fit rivetted man safe fall arrest safety line system to metal roof profile in Hampshire

A retro-fit installation of a roof fall arrest man safe system, rivetted to metal roof sheets i Hampshire


How do we differ from others?

You might be wondering whether we're any different from other fall protection specialist companies. Well, there are a few things which make us a little unique within the industry.

Design - We believe our design capabilities are geniunely very good. We expect you to receive all you want plus more from our team. You're probably wondering how our capabilities are so good. Okay, let's briefly explain:

Firstly, the design department are exceptional at creating the most appropriate fall protection system design for each specific project. We could just give you what you asked for, and sometimes that is the best option.

Alternatively, we may offer you something which fits the need more directly, whether it is the easy use of the system, long life, low install cost, fast installation, low maintenance cost, or something else.

How do we achieve this? Experience, experience, experience. You will receive help and advice from specialists who have had over 20+ years of designing and installing systems. They understand the challenges of site installations and working with other trades. They understand what system layouts are easy for users to work from and which designs make it difficult. They understand how to fit systems to ensure there are no issues in connection to the roof, and they know what work leaves a poor quality result. Having the know-how makes the difference to our customers.

The point is we will make it truely work for you and/or your customer, and you can be sure you will receive a quality product and service just the way you want it. If you would like to speak to our experienced design specialists call on 01935 474602 or email an enquiry here.


Roof angel safety line systems

Installation - Over the years we sometimese pick up comments about contractors who are really only on site to do their job - and that's where it stops - whatever the trade or industry. There doesn't appear to be any further consideration for the other works going on, or other sub-contractors who they should integrate their work with.

This does cause problems for the sub-contractor, but also creates issues for the main contractor (you may have experienced this yourself.). The site manager gets involved in sorting out issues which would not have occured if people had considered how their work could affect others trades activities.

So we ensure our teams perform well on site. Besides a quality workmanship, we ensure the roofers know what to expect when we are on site and how we will work together to integrate the baseplates and the roof seal. It's not complicated, but it makes the valuable difference to our customers when it always goes well.



What different Fall Protection systems are available?

You may ask, What is the best method of fall protection? Well, there are many systems available and there is no straightforward answer. It depends on a number of factors including, What is the objective of the perfect system? What can the system be installed or fitted to, and what is the construction buildup? Besides this the height safety regulations require you to look at many specific aspects which cannot be easily explained here.

If you're looking at safety lifeline system there are numerous types and they all vary in design, functionality and their appropriatenenss, so it's worth finding out from a specialist which system will work best. They include Roofsafe, Uni-8, Uni-8 overhead, Cabloc Pro, ManSafe, Roof Angel, Soter, Keeline and more. If you want to send us your enquiry email


3 common fall protection system options:

1) Fall Arrest safety lifeline mansafe wire systems - these are installed on most roof systems, and these horizontal life line systems can span up to 12m (40ft) between energy-absorbing anchors, ensuring continuous hands-free roof access for all fall arrest system users.

An incredibly versatile height safety system, these multi-directional cable-based roof safety rescue lines support both fall arrest and fall restraint systems and are engineered by STQ to suit a variety of different roof contours and working practices.

There are also the rigid horizontal lifeline systems. The benefit of the rigid systems is there is no deflection (unlike the safety wire systems), and are specially useful where the fall risk area is close to where the user needs to access.

We insist on all systems we install pass the EN795:2012 test to fully comply with current regulations.

This photo displays the horizontal 3M RoofSafe lifeline system which is effectively colour matched to the roof to reduce the visual impact from ground level. With the baseplate clamped to the roof seams no penetrations are made through the roof, avoiding any possibility of roof leaks.

Man safe RoofSafe horizontal safety lifeline fall prevention system

2) Safety Eyebolts - these are used where the user needs to work only within an area of close proximity, and are often a lower-cost option.

Safety eyebolts and abseil anchors inspections


3) Mobile Man Anchors - (also known as deadweight anchors) these mobile systems are excellent where a fall arrest safety wire system is required, but due to different applications the system will need to be relocated to various areas around the roof. The versatile Roof Weight Angel Anchor.

Mobile Man Anchor Fall Protection System Weight Angel

For the collective roof fall protection guardrail equipment and systems please see our roof guardrail page.


Contact us if you need help deciding what system will be most appropriate for you.



Guide to fall restraint system requirements

If you're looking for a guide to the correct selection and use of fall prevention and arrest equipment, follow this link: or give us a call and our team will gladly help.

Can a mansafe system be fitted to all roofs?

No, not on all roofs.  There are varying factors which determine whether it is possible, but in many cases a system can be installed. Below are a variety of roof systems where successful installations have been made, from slate and single ply membrane roofs to metal sheet and composite, and to zinc folding seam and brick walls. There are multiple systems available and it is imperative the correct type is fitted, so should you be unsure feel free to give us a call or email the team.


Bespoke UK fall arrest safety line protection man safe wire system through roof slate tiles

Slate tiles roofs - This Uni 8™ fall protection post and wire restraint product is best suited to modern building projects, refurbishments and can also be used for industrial safety applications.

Fitted through the slate tiles, the protection system is effective in providing safe access round the roof perimeter. Project completed in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Fall arrest man safe safety wire protection Roof safe system in City of London

High visibility system - In certain instances high-visability fall arrest wire systems are a good alternative to the regular metal-cable systems, as shown in this installation in London City.

This system is very flexible and can be used where space is limited, allowing users to safely access the external areas for maintenance.


Man safe Roofsafe horizontal fall arrest protection line system in Hampshire, Southampton UK

Adjoining lines - This long RoofSafe fall arrest horizontal lifeline system enables contractors to remain attached, while accessing all roof areas, in Southampton, Hampshire. The baseplates are sealed to ensure a water-tight finish is given, prevent roof leaks.

Unlike some fall protection systems, the 3M RoofSafe system reduces the need for multiple posts when ajoining systems meet. A cost-effective option for contractors with tight budgets.


Single Ply Membrane (SPM) - This RoofSafe corner assembly fall protection roof post anchor system is secured using toggle-fixings, which is a current method used to firmly secure the baseplate to SPM's to avoid roof leaks.

Fall arrest protection RoofSafe safety line system in Plymouth, Devon

Metal roof profile - Rivetting this RoofSafe baseplate to the metal roof profile provides the necessary strength to arrest a fall. The baseplate fits to numerous crown centre widths, making it an easy option for sites with varying roof systems.

This completed man safe installation in Plymouth, Devon, now enables users to regular access and keep the gutters clear.

Roof fall arrest unirail system, surrey, hampshire, bournemouth and reading

Narrow walkway area - Uni-rail; Where roof areas are particularly narrow, or do not provide sufficient capability to install a safety wire system, the fall arrest Uni-rail system is a good alternative.

Roofsafe Rail Fall Protection Aluminium Restraint System

Cost-effective rigid horizontal lifeline systems - The horizontal rigid aluminium RoofSafe rail system provides the necessary restraint to avoid falling off the roof, but allows sufficient access to all roof areas. Secured with seam clamps, the non-penetrating system has minimal affect on the roof.

From the ground there is minimal visual impact, making it an excellent option for architectural purposes, over against the more common post and wire systems. Particularly cost-effective for short systems.

High grade aluminium Capital Safety fall arrest Roofsafe safety wire withstands sea salt, Bournemouth, Torquay, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Poole.

Marine grade alloy posts - This high grade aluminium Uni8 horizontal fall-restraint safety lifeline system is designed to withstand years of harsh treatment from the sea salt. Installation in Torquay, Devon.

This project had systems on 3 levels, but the roof build-up differed between them. One was fixed through the Single Ply Membrane (SPM) to the roof deck. Another was fitted to the concrete slab.

Portable Mobile roof Weight Angel deadweight anchor

Mobile Man Anchor - Roof Weight Angel deadweight anchor fall arrest system enables access to the roof edge. The advantage of these systems is they can be repositioned to other areas around the roof, lowering the overall cost of a safety system.

Safety line fall arrest system running down roof centre in Torquay Devon

Safety on luxury apartments - The safety line fall arrest system was installed along roof centre of these luxury apartments to provide safe access to all areas of the roof. The lower level also had a wire system, and the route to the top roof is via a rigid vertical ladder with an inbuilt fall-arrest system.

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Our clients ask us to install systems in numerous areas including London City, Greater London and surrounding areas particularly including Kensington, Hammersmith, Wimbledon, Richmond, Twickenham, Weybridge and Chertsey. Areas outside Greater London include Woking, Windsor, Slough, Egham, Bracknell, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Reading, Oxford, Swindon, Bristol Bath, Gloucester, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Exeter, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Andover, Guildford, Southampton, Eastleigh and Portsmouth.  Our main work is carried out in Hampshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, but we are happy to help in other areas too.  Our wide coverage enables us to serve our clients in many areas of the country. 

If you are looking for a specific man safe fall-arrest or fall-restraint system then we will be happy to discuss your needs. We install multiple systems, including 3M / Capital Safety RoofSafe system, RoofSafe Rail, BetterSafe RoofAngle and WeightAngel, KeeSafety Keeline & deadweight anchor WeightAnka, QBM Soter System and more.

Needing help, needing costs and prices, needing quotes, needing advice or needing design?  Whatever your requirement, give us a call and speak to one of our helpful staff.

For all your fall arrest system requirements, talk to the team at STQ Vantage. Call 01935 474 602, send us a message or email