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How Regionality Affects Your Roof Fall Protection Plan

Roof fall protection is important no matter where you live, but rooftop risks vary depending upon your region and its weather conditions. How you train your employees, identify dangers, and manage those risks will vary, too.

OSHA lists numerous requirements that apply to all situations; for example: "The employer must ensure each employee on a runway or similar walkway is protected from falling 4 feet (1.2 m) or more to a lower level by a guardrail system.”

Rooftop worker utilizing a horizontal lifeline Rooftop worker utilizing a horizontal lifeline

When to Use Horizontal Lifelines

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration makes it abundantly clear—roof fall protection is non-negotiable. But even with OSHA’s strict requirements, you still have some options when it comes to fall protection systems. This is because every job site is different, and the risk of falling presents itself in different ways from site to site. For example, roof slope, holes and hatches in the roof, and where the leading edge is in relation to the work zone can present different challenges. Fortunately, with options like safety railings, horizontal lifelines, safety nets, and more, you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to choosing the right fall protection systems for your workspace.

Safety News: September 2019

Safety in the News: September 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of SEPTEMBER 2019:


Acting OSHA Construction Safety Head Made Official
Scott Ketcham is officially the top administrator of the safety agency’s Directorate of Construction after serving for several months as acting head of the office, the Department of Labor announced Sept. 16. Ketcham succeeds Director Dean McKenzie, who died in November 2018.