Roof top safety
May 3, 2018
For proper roof top safety, there are 3 general areas that require fall protection planning: Leading Edge, Entry/Exit Access points, and skylights.
Roof Top Safety Summary
This type of safety rail fall protection is the preferred method and requires the least amount of employee training and required inspection.
Clamp on perimeter systems are very popular and allow edge to edge protection without fall restraint by using lumber as a safety rail. A medium amount of training and inspection is required for this type of protection.
Skylights & Hatch
All skylights & roof access points are required to be protected.
Typically a warning line system must be a minimum of 15 ft. from a hazard (consult your local OSHA requirements). For Work outside the safe zone, workers must use an approved PFAS restraint system. A medium amount of training and inspection is required for this type of protection if workers stay inside safe zone.
Fall Restraint simply stops the worker from getting near the fall hazard. A fall restraint system consists of an anchor point (either stationary or mobile cart), a personal harness or body belt and a lanyard or restraint line. The length of the restraint must not allow the worker to reach any fall hazard such as unprotected leading edge, stairwell, skylight, or open access hazard, etc. A medium amount of training and daily inspection is necessary for this type of system.
If a worker can reach a fall hazard then a PFAS system must be used to stop or arrest the fall in an emergency. A Fall Arrest system consists of an anchor point (stationary or mobile cart), a PFA approved full body harness and lifeline. The length of the lifeline must be sized to each job. Thorough employee training and daily inspection of equipment is required for Fall Arrest systems.
Company: Garlock Safety Systems
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