Roofing contractors are exposed to potential hazards daily. With fall protection and attention to detail, the risk of serious falls can be substantially reduced. Employers are responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable OSHA ladder requirements, evaluating the hazards, and taking measures to reduce the risk of falls. We’ll give four ways to reduce fall hazards below.
Establish a Restricted Area
Mapping out a perimeter of the project can also keep workers out of the danger zone where debris, tools or materials may fall to the ground. The area should be posted with signs that warn of the potential hazard.
Always Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Consult with a qualified person for proper installation and any questions about the manufacturer’s product. Inspect ladders and read the manufacturer’s safety manuals for appropriate use in each task and to make sure the ladder is properly positioned.
Put Up Temporary Guardrails
Removable guardrail systems can offer roofers effective protection when installing around the roof perimeter. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions or consult a qualified person for proper guardrail installation. This person could be the owner, the supervisor, or any other worker who has extensive knowledge, training, and experience with fall protection and is able to solve problems relating to fall protection.
Written Fall Protection Plans
When working six feet or further from the ground, the employer must develop a written site-specific fall protection plan. The plan must be prepared by a qualified person who has extensive knowledge, training, and experience with fall protection and is able to solve problems relating to fall protection. Workers and their supervisors must be trained on proper ladder safety because a fall protection plan can reduce or eliminate the chances of a fatal fall.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.