This means contractors now will have to provide safety nets,
guardrails or personal fall-arrest systems for any project where
the roof slope is 4:12 (18 degrees) or greater and potential for
falls is 6 feet or greater (with exceptions allowed in limited
Recently, I've had the opportunity to meet with numerous
residential roofing contractors and have yet to find one who ever
has used a safety net for a residential project. And only a small
handful have used guardrails, so the effect of the new
rule—which will be enforced beginning June 16—is we'll
be tying off our workers.
There are, unfortunately, two other...
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