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    Does anyone know about roof safety? What kind of equipment is available and needed, and are there training programs for employees who have to work on rooftops?

    I might get involved in some big project soon, I can’t really talk about the details for now, but I’ll need to learn more about roof safety and I thought I would first ask if there’s anything people here could tell me.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Do you mean roof safety for when workers are building or repairing a roof? Or more for workers who have to perform roof maintenance and clean windows, and they need something to make sure they won’t fall?

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    For maintenance and window cleaning, yes. I know there is equipment designed to prevent falls, but I don’t really know any details about it.

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    I’d say each employee who has to work on a rooftop needs to follow regular training to make sure they know how to stay safe, and how to use their roof safety equipment properly.

    I’m not sure however who provides this training, if it has to be their employer or some organisation. But training is needed for sure, because walking and working on a rooftop is dangerous, even when you have equipment to help protect you.

    And if you don’t use that equipment the right way, I guess it’s almost as bad as not having any safety equipment. So rooftop workers need to know how to use it.

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    That makes sense, yes. I’ll have to keep researching this topic.

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    There’s a lot of equipment that can and should be used for roof safety. There are roof anchors, davits, lifelines, outrigger beams, harnesses and lanyards… You can check out Pro-Bel’s website if you’d like to learn more, they manufacture products like that.

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    Each rooftop is unique, so the equipment needed to make a rooftop safe for the workers who will climb on it can vary.

    I know that there’s equipment for fall prevention and fall arrest. For fall prevention, it can be guardrails that will prevent workers from reaching the edge of the roof, so they won’t fall.

    For fall arrest, the equipment used will allow workers to come close to the edge of the roof, but if they fall, the system will stop their fall.

    So it all depends on the type of work your workers will have to do. For example, if you expect them to go down the sides of the building to clean windows, a fall prevention system will also prevent them from doing their work!

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    Yes, you’re right. Thank you for this info.

    A fall arrest system is what I would need. What kind of equipment does that include? Roof anchors, I guess?

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    Yes, roof anchors, with safety harnesses and lanyards that will stop the fall if a worker falls.

    Workers need some training to know how to use these properly, and the equipment needs to be inspected before and after every use. If anything is wrong with the harness or lanyard, they need to be replaced because they will not keep a worker safe if they are damaged or defective.

    So fall arrest systems require training and maintenance, but this is necessary to keep workers safe.

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    Of course! Keeping people safe is worth the time and money investment. Thank you all for your answers, it will be helpful to me.

    I will keep researching the topic, but thanks to you all I already have a better idea of what I need.

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    That’s great! Glad I could help you out.