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Designing for rooftop safety

Roof system designers often remain silent and defer to roofing contractors for handling rooftop safety and fall-protection issues. Although it is true construction contractors typically are largely responsible for their workers' safety during construction, roof system designers can play a role when designing rooftop fall protection during and after construction.

Safety in design

Designers should consider safety and fall-protection measures when they design buildings and roof assemblies. NRCA recommends the following practices:

Penthouse access is preferred with permanent stairs and door access onto a roof at a location at least 10 feet from roof edges and skylights. Penthouse doors should be oriented to direct access away from roof edges.