Ensuring Safety When Using a Roofing Harness
Roofing Harness Safety
It is important to ensure your safety when carrying out any type of roof repair. It can be extremely difficult to maintain your balance as well perform a roof repair even if you are someone who is not scared of heights. This is the reason it is important to wear a roof harness at all times to prevent any serious injuries due to falling off the edge.
Here are a few steps that can guide you through installing a roof harness properly:
Step 1: Roof Brackets
The roof brackets should be placed 3 feet away from each other in a row and about 16 inches up. Nail the brackets with a hammer right over a truss. Slide the bracket underneath a shingle tab to install it.
Step 2: Slide Guard
On the eaves of the roof, place the roof brackets and plank. This will not only ensure you have a place to keep your tools but will also keep you from slipping off the edge of the roof.
Step 3: Safety Harness
Fasten the roof harness to your chest. Adjust the bands to ensure the harness is strapped on tightly. Check if all the buckles on the harness are shut.
In order to use the harness properly and safely, it is advisable to follow these tips:
Look over your harness: It is important to inspect the harness and ensure the ropes are not frayed or tattered. Avoid using gear if it has broken buckles or any weak spots. Before using the harness to support your weight, ensure that every part of the equipment is working properly.
Tighten the bands: Tighten the bands of the roof harness in order to make sure it fits snugly. A tight fit makes sure that the harness will remain at its place and, not slip and result in an injury in case you fall off the roof. However, adjust the harness to fit comfortably, it should not be too restrictive.
Setting up the roof anchor: Place the roof anchor directly above the place you will be repairing. In order to ensure that the roof anchor remains secured, stay within 4 feet of where it is placed. It can be moved according to the necessity or more roof anchors can be placed for additional stability.
Roof anchors should be placed at the peak and no less than 6 feet from the roof’s edge. Before you move your gear from one roof anchor to a different one make sure one anchor is still mounted in order to avoid losing balance or falling off during the transfer.
Keep repositioning the rope-grab: In order to stay secure and reduce slack, keep adjusting the rope-grab as you move along the roof. Roof repair is a difficult job and having a rope-grab available readily when the need can prove to be a good safety measure.