the magnet anchor from the key place angle

McNetiq Fall Arrest

Fall Protection

Falling from heights is the most occurring cause of fatal occupational accidents. From the ~2.3 million global work-related fatalities per year, it is estimated that falls from height are 27%.

Legislators demand safety precautions. Mandatory fall protection is required when working at heights of more than 1.2 to 2.5 meters (or 4-8 feet) depending on circumstances.

As two types of active Fall Protection, there are:

- Fall Arrest would stop a worker in the process of a fall

- Fall Restraint prevents a worker from reaching an edge

In circumstances where anchor points for fall arrest systems cannot be connected by welding or by using a mechanical connection then McNetiq Fall Arrest magnets with Controlock® technology can be used to form a safe and secure anchor. 

In order to prevent the worker from any free fall the magnet will be connected to a lanyard with a harness and stopper. 

Official standards vary by geographic location and the exact use. Please contact McNetiq to discuss your intended need.

The McNetiq Fall Arrest System is complying with EN795 type B. 

McNetiq fall Arrest System
One magnet anchor attached to a safety line

Working safely with magnetic anchors

With McNetiq's magnetic anchors with Controlock® technology, a fall arrest system can be safely secured. This technique is especially useful in situations where permanent fixing points cannot be applied.

For safe use of any magnetic fall arrest system on steel, it is critical to assess the magnetic strength of the anchors: the thickness of the steel plate, coatings or paints, and uneven surfaces are influencing the magnetic force. McNetiq’s patented Controlock® system allows the user to check this actual magnetic strength on the spot.

McNetiq supplies magnetic solutions with Controlock® technology since 2013, initially for connecting scaffoldings to steel storage tanks. Users are global contractors that are serving a large range of the most reputable global independent tank storage operators, mayor oil producers, and chemical producers.

Examples of use


For installation work, decommissioning, or inspection activities.

Ship construction and repair

For securing workers on the ship deck


For the safe securing, inspecting, or repairing of containers.

Accessing vessel holds

For the safe ascending or descending hold ladders, accessing confined spaces, cleaning, inspecting, repairing or maintaining holds or tanks, or operating works near edges like on hold covers and other structures.

Maritime construction work 

For the safe installation of handrails, welding, grinding, applying coatings and paint, inspection works, using blowtorches, or preparation activities. 

How to use a magnetic anchor?

Based on an earlier defined plan regarding the safe installation of the fall arrest system, one or several McNetiq anchors will be installed and then connected using beams. Steel or nylon ropes will be connected to the anchor magnets, depending on any fire hazardous operation like welding or grinding. 

Testing the magnet capacity is the next step. A trained and certified Controlock® operator will test the magnetic anchor(s) by applying a Controlock® test unit on its magnetic strength (pull and shear).  After confirming that the pull and/or shear forces are exceeding the required minimum capacity then the anchor will be cleared for use, and the safety harness with leash and stopper will be connected.

Training programmes are typically customised for the specific use, or a standard McNetiq template is applied.

Any questions about McNetiq Controlock®? Please contact us