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May 2

Accidents and falls are an ongoing threat to CT roofing contractors, even when they have necessary safety equipment and adhere to the rigorous safety guidelines for each job component. A slippery surface, exposed tree or electrical lines, a whirlwind of wind, or a loose shingle can lead to an injury or fall. Falls could be fatal when roofers do not follow the safety rules.

What is the fall protection required When Working On Roofs?

  • Each aspect of the job needs to be completed safely.

When performing work on a roof, it is essential to have fall protection. OSHA requires that all homeowners CT roofing contractors who operate at least six feet above the ground level wear fall protection when performing their job.


Three fall protection tips employers should consider are planning, providing the proper equipment and tools, and teaching employees how to use the equipment safely.


  • Roofers must use certain types of safety equipment.

Guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), and safety net systems are some of the fall prevention systems that OSHA requires employers to install.


The only exception to this OSHA policy is in cases where the implementation of the methods is either difficult or impossible or when doing so creates a more significant risk than what is currently considered acceptable. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the CT roofing contractor to develop and implement an alternative fall protection plan that meets the guidelines outlined in the rules.


Residential roofers may make use of a standard fall protection kit. This includes the following items:


  • A roof anchor that can be reused

  • Vertical lifeline assemblies are an example of a safety net.

  • Harness that is completely covered


Because roofers work at heights more than six feet above the ground or a lower level, they typically must wear an emergency fall restraint. Restraints for fall prevention are available in two different configurations:


Roofers don't use a PFA but instead, put up bars or guardrails close to the roof's edge.

Roofers must wear a full-body harness and a PFAS.

Personal fall arrest systems are body harnesses utilized by roofers and other professionals working at high heights. They are connected to roof anchors by the lanyard. PFAS should be able to support a certain weight (at least twice the weight of an employee) and fit in a particular way (entire body fit), and function in good condition.


CT roofing contractors can use various protective systems and equipment for the type and style of roof.


  • Safety netting and guardrails are also available.

  • Alarm systems

  • Systems of public safety


  • Personal protection equipment (PPE) is the abbreviation for personal protective equipment.


Personal protective equipment needs to be considered part of the risk assessment and recognition process.


Some of the personal protective equipment and clothes that may be required for working on the roof, contingent on the potential hazards that might be present, might include:


Hard hats, non-slip footwear, eye protection gloves, hearing protection, respiratory protection, and wet weather gear disposable overalls are all protective equipment.

It's contingent on several elements: the cladding surface used, the ambient condition, and the kind and state of the roofer’s footwear.


Workers need to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes to work on roofs.


Hard helmets are recommended when debris falls are possible or using ropes for industrial access methods.


When working using CT roofing material with sharp edges, it's recommended that you wear gloves. Eye protection should be utilized when performing any task that might injure the workers' eyes.


When working in noisy environments or participating in noisy activities, it is recommended that you protect your hearing.

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