Falls continue to be a major issue in the construction industry and is the leading cause of death. Sadly, employers and workers make the same mistakes time and time again. Fall accidents typically revolve around workers not understanding how to use equipment, using equipment incorrectly, and underestimating the likelihood of a potential fall. Further, workers don’t know how to rescue themselves or others after falling. This is why training on and using roof fall protection is vital.
What Equipment is Needed?
Common roofing hazards include working at high heights, near unprotected edges, near holes and openings, improper ladder usage, on working on steep roofs. A lack of equipment and proper use results in severe injuries and even death. OSHA standards apply to roofers before they start and after they complete construction work. Roofers are required to wear fall protection during identified hazards at heights of six feet or more. Equipment such as guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, warning line systems, safety net systems, and position devices are to be chosen based on their suitability for work being performed.
Personal Fall Arrest System
Employers should provide personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) for their employees. This system consists of a harness, anchor, and connector such as a lanyard or lifeline. The PFAS is meant to keep a worker from falling more than six feet. Every piece must be compatible and inspected to ensure it works properly. Fall protection anchor points are important. Anchor points are either on the roof or connected to lanyards or a lifeline to keep a worker from falling. Anchorages must support up to 5,000 pounds to be effective.
Seek Guidance From an OSHA Lawyer
As a national roofing law firm, we understand the importance of ensuring job sites and work practices are reviewed continuously to prevent workplace hazards. If you have questions concerning fall protection, don’t hesitate to reach out to our attorneys.
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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.