Fall Protection: Rooftop Restraint

When working within 6 feet of the unprotected edge of a flat or low-pitched roof (maximum allowable pitch 4:12 slope), or around unguarded skylights, then you must use fall restraint equipment. This equipment includes a full-body harness and a lifeline; an adjustable rope grab all attached to an appropriate anchorage point by a cross arm strap or other similar method. (Note: Roof edges protected with a 42” guardrail (permanent or a temporary equivalent) or a 42” or higher parapet wall do not require the use of fall restraint equipment.)

  • Inspect all fall protection equipment prior to use.
  • Select an anchorage point as close as possible to where you are working. Because you will be harnessing yourself so that it would be impossible to fall over the edge of the building (Fall Restraint) the anchorage point should be four times heavier than your body weight.  (*Prior to working on a roof with no anchorage points, contact your Production Safety Representative.)
  • Connect the lifeline to the anchorage point cross arm strap D-Ring (or equivalent device) with a double-locking snap hook or self-locking carabineer.
  • Open the rope grab and enclose the vertical lifeline with the rope grab (arrow pointed up) then tightly screw the rope grab to the vertical lifeline. Make sure that the arrow on the rope grab is pointing up toward the anchorage point.
  • Position the rope grab on the lifeline so that its maximum extended length will physically limit your ability to inadvertently fall over the edge of the roof.
  • Attach the double-locking snap hook or self-locking carabineer from the rope grab to the “D” ring located on the back of your harness.

You must be attached to the system prior positioning yourself for work.