Category Archives: Roofs

Residential Roofs

Because of difficulties in training residential roof workers, elimination of hazards seems to be the most feasible goal.  A large enough crane capacity and boom length, plus pre-assembly at ground level, can go a long way toward the elmination of fall hazards.

Residential roof installations should be viewed as opportunities for creative fall protection, particularly using the upper wall studs and cross members as a railing rather than a working surface.  This can be accomplished through the use of temporary plywood floors and stepladders.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 339.

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Roofing Fall Protection

When considering a fall protection system for roofing, it is extremely important to realize that each building is unique and requires a site-specific plan for the identification of the roofing fall hazards. For example, if hot asphalt, built-up roofing system is specified for a building with no parapet wall, a personal fall arrest system is not feasible.  The asphalt would immediately damage any lanyards or harnesses that contact the material, unless an anchorage point is designed to keep the lanyard or harness from contacting the hot asphalt.  The wearing of harnesses and lanyards around a mop cart containing hot asphalt (especially in roofing applications) has contributed to serious burns of roofers.  A better system for protection of workers must be considered.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 331.

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