Safely Suspend Heavyweight Objects from Ceiling Structures with Confidence

When deciding whether you need a pre-tested ceiling anchor to support a heavy object above people, safety should be the top priority. The specific circumstances and regulations can vary depending on your location, the type of structure, and the weight and nature of the object being hung.

To ensure all of these important facets are considered, Penny Hydraulics offers a series of Tested Ceiling Anchors and Hanging Points; here are some general guidelines to consider:

Weight and Load Capacity

Determine the weight of the object you want to hang from the ceiling. This includes both the object’s static weight and any lifting accessories or connections that may also hang from the anchor.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

Consult the manufacturer’s specifications for the ceiling anchor you plan to use. Ensure that it has a load capacity that is equal to or exceeds the weight of the object.

Building Codes and Regulations

Familiarise yourself with local building codes, regulations, and safety standards. These may dictate specific requirements for hanging heavy objects from ceilings, including the use of pre-tested anchors.

Professional Assessment

Consider consulting with a structural engineer or a qualified professional experienced in ceiling anchor installations. They can assess the specific conditions of your ceiling and recommend the appropriate anchor type and installation method.

Object Characteristics

Consider the size, shape, and distribution of weight of the object. Irregularly shaped objects or those with uneven weight distribution may require specialised ceiling anchors or attachment methods.

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Ceiling Material

The type of ceiling material (e.g., fibrous plaster, concrete, wood) will impact the choice of anchor. Some ceiling anchors are not compatible with certain material types. Consult with the ceiling anchor manufacturer for clarification.

Safety Margin

Consult with the manufacturer to make sure that a margin of safety is built into the design of the intended anchor. The maximum capacity of a hanging bracket should be calculated by taking the brackets braking strain and dividing that by its factor of safety, usually around 8:1, if it is a primary support.

Fit for Purpose

Is the intended ceiling anchor designed to suspend heavy loads? Some anchors may look the part but are not actually designed for suspending loads above people. Confirm that the anchor is fit for purpose from the manufacturer and request the Declaration of Conformity to review what regulations and standards it complies with.

Professional Installation

In many cases, it’s best to have the installation performed by a qualified professional who can ensure that the ceiling anchor is correctly installed according to manufacturer instructions and local regulations. Make sure the anchor is proof load tested and suitable commissioning certification if handed over detailing the tests carried out.


Make sure the anchor is supplied with a Declaration of Conformity and a factory Report of Thorough Examination. This demonstrates due diligence and ensures compliance and peace of mind. A commissioning certificate should be issued after the anchor is installed detailing any proof load tests carried out on commissioning by the installers of the equipment.

Keep Your Assets Secure with Our Tested Ceiling Anchors and Hanging Points

Ultimately, safety should be the primary concern when deciding whether to use a pre-tested ceiling anchor to support a heavy object above people. When in doubt, consult with experts and adhere to local regulations to ensure a safe installation.

For more information regarding tested ceiling anchors and hanging points, contact the team at Penny Hydraulics today. We’re always on hand to help.

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