There are certain safety measures you need to take before accessing the roof. Using a safety roof anchor point may cost you in the short term, but not using it can have dire-consequences for you, your staff and your business.
Using it for work or a five-minute job is also priceless, after all it protects you from a potential serious injury should you fall from the roof. Connecting to a roof anchor point using the correct height safety equipment is a must.
A small mistake, slip or fall on a roof can result in serious injury and harm to both the person involved in the fall and potentially your business.
A harness, lanyard, ladder access brackets and roof anchors are engineered components which fall under personal fall protection system. All four are used to avoid roof accidents.
These products, combined prevent the worker from reaching a point where a roof workers’ risk of falling is high or likely. Using this system for security purposes can prove to be life-saving for users.
If you don’t use the equipment properly then it can prove to be fatal for you. If you are planning to work on or above your roof for any reason, then you must use proper safety equipment.
First and foremost, you need to buy the correct height safety equipment. You will find many tutorials on how to use the security harness properly. Just follow the manufacturer’s user guide.
We have outlined all the necessary steps which must be taken to ensure safety whilst working from heights. Before doing anything, make sure you check the equipment - every buckle, strap, and even fitting. Make sure everything is safe, secure and working properly. Assuming that the products are clear of defects, it should be highly effective in helping to prevent injuries in the event of a mishap.
Other things to consider prior to starting is, access location point, pitch or roof, job task required, materials required and weather conditions.
If you are not sure about the selection, use or maintenance, then simply refer to the manufacturer’s user guides.
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The “How to guide” For Safe Roof Access
The first step is to understand safe roof access
Accessing the Equipment Prior to Starting
Before doing anything, make sure you check the equipment. This means to check every buckle, strap, and even fitting. It is your responsibility as a competent person to ensure everything works properly. If the harness doesn’t have any defects, it means it’s ready to use.
You must have an extension ladder that extends at least one meter above the edge of the roof. Place the ladder on the level ground. If the ground is uneven, the base of the ladder has to be levelled.
Some important notes to remember which will make the process uncomplicated and safe:
1.Do not carry unnecessary equipment and supplies while climbing the ladder to avoid an accident. Use a rope-tied system to lift your tools and equipment onto the roof.
2.You should have something to hang on and off the roof, so raise the top of the ladder at least one meter above the edge of the roof. You must avoid stepping on the ladder rungs above the roof.
3.As you access to and from the roof, place two hands on the top of the ladder.
The second step is to install and use the height safety equipment correctly
Installing ladder access bracket
Install and use the ladder access bracket fixed to the roof edge as it’s used as a safe means to access the roof with your ladder. To prevent the ladder sliding or falling, rest the ladder against the ladder bracket and not the guttering or roofing material.
Tie the top of the ladder to the ladder access bracket. Connect to the first installed roof anchor point as you step on the roof so that it will prevent you from falling.
How to install and use your height safety equipment
Before stepping onto the roof, either install your first roof anchor point, or connect to the first roof anchor point, as previously installed by others. You MUST ensure the roof anchors you connect to are up to standard and compliant. DO NOT use non-compliant roof anchor points or have been previously used in a fall.
Once you are safely connected to your first anchor point you may begin your work, alternatively you may need to install additional roof anchor points to reach your desired working location.
Below are some safety instructions which you must follow carefully
Place the roof anchor above the roof where you are working. Use more anchors if necessary where required, however this completely depends on your needs and the job task.
It is recommended the roof anchors are positioned at least two meters away from the roof’s edge. Always refer to the manufacture’s recommendations and maintenance user guides.
Equipment can be used by any competent person.
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