This is the second edition of CSA Z259.15, Anchorage connectors. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2012 under the same title. It is part of a series of Standards on components of fall- protection systems. This Standard specifies performance, design, testing, marking, classification, and other requirements related to anchorage connectors in travel-restraint, fall-arrest, work-positioning, and suspended component/tie-back line systems.
Major changes in this edition include the following:
a) The annex on Class A or AT weld-on or bolt-on metallic anchorage connectors was updated. (See Annex C);
b) The annex on Class AD tie-back self-retracting devices for use as fall-protection anchorage connectors was deleted and an updated version was incorporated into Z259.2.2-17; and
c) The annex titled Class A tie-back lanyards for use as fall-protection anchorage connectors was updated and renamed to Class AD tie-back lanyards for use as fall-protection anchorage connectors. (See Annex G).
This Standard is considered suitable for use for conformity assessment within the stated scope of the Standard.
CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of the Canadian government departments responsible for occupational health and safety.
This Standard specifies performance, design, testing, marking, classification, and other requirements related to anchorage connectors in travel-restraint, fall-arrest, work-positioning, and suspended component/tie-back line systems.
The requirements of this Standard include (where applicable) anchorage connectors attached to an anchorage. Methods of verifying the actual strength of anchorages in the field are not included.
Note: See CSA Z259.16 for anchorage design and construction requirements.
This Standard does not differentiate between temporary, portable, and permanent anchorage connectors.
With the exception of multi-legged frames (e.g., tripods) and personnel davit arms, this Standard does not apply to ballasted, friction, counterweight, or vacuum anchorage connectors that rest on but are not fastened to an anchorage.
Note: See CSA Z259.16 for requirements for some of these types of anchorage connectors.
This Standard does not apply to
a) equipment davit arms meeting the requirements of CAN/CSA-Z271;
b) anchorage connectors that are
i) custom engineered for limited or site-specific applications for fall protection in accordance with CSA Z259.16; or
ii) custom engineered for suspended component/tie-back line applications only meeting the requirements of CAN/CSA-Z271;
c) installation requirements for the anchorage connectors with the exception of information for use [see Clause 9.2 a)]; and
d) verification of the strength of the structures or anchorage with the exception of information for use [see Clause 9.2 a)].
In CSA standards, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application.
The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only. Unless otherwise stated within this Standard, all units have an acceptable tolerance range of ± 2%.