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Category Archives: Rooftop Fall Protection

Protection From Falling and OSHA Roof Safety

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among roofers.  Subsequently, there are a variety of safety requirements for protection from falling in the construction roofing industry.  OSHA 29 CFR 1926.501 Fall Protection General Requirements is consistently the most violated OSHA standard in construction.  Common violations under this standard include failure to provide protection […]

OSHA Compliance: Confusion About Fall Standards

For years the Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) regulations have been subject to interpretation, misinterpretation, and confusion.  Figuring out which OSHA fall protection standard to use to protect workers from falls from the rooftop can be particularly confusing.  Adding to the confusion are new OSHA fall protection standards which went into effect in January 2017.  […]

Rooftop Solar Panel Fall Hazards

Solar panels generate electricity without increasing impact on the environment.  The use of solar panels is one way to cut energy costs.  Between 2008 and 2014, rooftop solar grew an average of more than 50% per year (source) and continues to grow.  But rooftop solar panel system installation and maintenance present potential fall hazards for […]

Fall Protection for Rooftop Challenges

Not all rooftops are simple.  There may be some rooftop challenges such as parapets, pipes, or other fall hazard obstacles.  Frequently, rooftop equipment needs regular maintenance necessitating workers on the rooftop.  Fall protection for rooftops is necessary to prevent injuries and fatalities.  First of all, before considering some fall protection for rooftop challenges, it is […]

Skylight Screen Necessity

Skylight Fall Protection Screen - EDGE Fall Protection

Roof skylights allow natural light to enter the building and reduce energy costs.  Also, natural light through skylights has a positive impact on the well-being of people in the building.  However, roof skylights are a fall hazard.  A worker working near or walking close to an unprotected skylight can accidentally fall into the skylight.  As […]

Roof Perimeter Warning Line System Spacing

A roof perimeter warning line system is a passive restraint fall protection system.  Warning lines create a visual cue and serve as a barrier to restrict workers from approaching hazards.  Frequently there is confusion about roof warning line systems, including rooftop warning line spacing in fall protection. OSHA requires that work at less than six […]

When is Rooftop Fall Protection Required?

At what heights and how far from the leading edge of a rooftop is safe?  When it comes right down to it, there is no one safe height measure nor one safe distance from a roof edge that fits all rooftop fall protection and safety concerns.  Implementing OSHA rooftop safety standards can help to assure […]

Illinois Fall Protection Citation Results in High Penalties for Employers when Exposing Workers to Falls

Illinois Fall Protection Citation Results in High Penalties for Employers when Exposing Workers to Falls Illinois Fall Protection Citation Recently in February of 2018, in a suburb outside of Chicago, a General Contractor received an Illinois Fall Protection citation for exposing workers to fall hazards. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety […]

A Guide to Rooftop Fall Protection

OSHA long ago coined the phase, “there is no safe place on a roof.”  Now, while that is absolutely true, it does not mean that the problem should be ignored or steps should not be taken to mitigate these risks because, as we all know, work must be completed at heights and the job must […]