How do you secure yourself on a roof

How do you secure yourself on a roof

Working on the roof is a dangerous job that requires the worker to wear proper safety equipment in order to ensure preventing falls that can end in fatal outcomes. The Safety and Health Administration law states that every rooftop worker must wear a personal fall arrest system, which consists of anchor points, a roofer harness and different kinds of connectors. Workers are allowed to perform their job duties only if they have all the necessary equipment installed and on themselves. That means that every worker should complete training about using the gear and protecting themselves from potential hazards. The fact is that our roof does need some repairs or touchups every couple of years, so for a more complex job, it is best to hire professionals. However, if there’s some minor problem in question, then you could also address it, but with proper gear only. If you decide to do the job yourself, you should have someone nearby while you’re working and you should check the weather forecast. In the meantime, read more about how to keep a healthy roof.

1.   Roof anchor points

Anchor points are necessary to be installed on the roof, so certain connectors could be attached to them. They help in preventing falls from heights and as already mentioned, they are a mandatory part of the personal fall arrest system. There are two types of anchor points: temporary and permanent, but more about them later on. These products are always tested for a certain amount of weight, around 1.5 tones, before being sold. What’s important to note is that they come with a user manual, which every worker should study and remember all the dos and don’ts. Another key thing before installing them is to thoroughly check the roof and see if there are any defects that can prevent anchor points from functioning correctly.

  1. Temporary roof points

This type of anchor is usually used when there’s some short-term work to be done. Any person with at least some competence and skill can easily install them as well as remove and relocate them. They are cost-effective as they can be reused multiple times on different projects. However, they are not to be left on the roof as a permanent fix. Before installing temporary roof points, you should read the installation user guide thoroughly. Some of them are even so convenient that they don’t even leave a hole in your roof, so it’s also something to pay attention to. These are suitable for metal roofing and concrete applications.

  1. Permanent roof points

On the other hand, permanent roof points are both durable and lightweight. They are installed on the surface of the roof, so there is no need for under roof access. And a professional needs about one and a half minutes to install them. There is also an installation guide, which can easily be accessed from the rooftop, using the QR code on the anchor point. The instructions are colour-coded, so it’s pretty easy to follow.

2.   Safety harness

When the anchor points have been installed, the next mandatory thing is the height safety harness, which needs to be attached to the worker properly. Installing the roof safety harness should be done following the rules and double-checking. That means that the harness should fit comfortably to your body and it shouldn’t be too tight nor too loose. It should be free from any defects and you should also inspect the buckles. Make sure that you follow the steps of attaching the harness properly.

3.   Connectors

As far as connectors are concerned, there are a few that we need to ensure safety while performing rooftop work. You can use a lanyard, which is attached to the D ring of the harness and it slows down a potential fall. Next, there’s a rope grab, which enables a worker to move freely up and down. Moreover, ladder access brackets are useful as they minimize ladder-related benefits. Also, things such as steel carabiners, wire strops and wrap-up can be used for extra safety when working on the roof.

As working on the roof is a job where workers are in constant danger of a fall, they need to do everything they can to protect themselves from a potential fall. All the gear should be inspected for defects from time to time and all the equipment double-checked as it can save a worker’s life.

Clare Louise