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Fall Protection – Preventing Falls from Rooftops

Two construction workers were on a roof of a building about 20 feet above ground.  One of the workers suddenly slipped and nearly slid off the edge of the rooftop.  He was wearing body harness, which was attached to a lifeline.  This stopped his fall.

Here are some important tips to remember:

  • Wear your fall protection at all time while working of a roof and other areas where the distance to ground or another surface is greater than 6 feet
  • Know that roofing slide guards are not fall protection
  • Inspect your fall arrest equipment for damage
  • Remove fall arrest equipment from service if damaged or worn
  • Ask for adding permanent anchorages during roofing operations
  • Connect to anchorage point supporting 5000 pounds per worker attached