A NEW safety device designed to save time and money for companies engaged in small-scale roofing projects has been developed by a Brighouse firm.

The Roof Anchor is the brainchild of roofing specialist Chris Hopkins and was sparked by his own experience of being a roofer for more than 20 years.

Mr Hopkins, managing director of “green” construction specialist Ploughcroft, said: “I was frustrated by 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 made in Britain, tested to BS EN 795 standards and will fit all types of roofs specified in the installation instructions.

Chris said: “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. “

Ploughcroft specialises in roofing, extensions, loft conversions and insulation. It is also a Green Deal assessor organisation. Mr Hopkins is a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board.