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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