The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
enforces a wide range of fall-protection rules for roofing workers.
Approved methods of fall protection for residential roofing work
were published in 1995 as an alternative to OSHA's fall-protection
standard. Residential contractors should be familiar with the
alternative rules. This article will review fall-protection rules,
which can be found on www.osha.gov.
OSHA's residential rules allow safety monitors and slide guards
on roof systems with an eave height of up to 25 feet (8 m) and
slopes up to 8-in-12 (34 degrees). Following are the specifics:
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