With the updates to the OSHA 1910 standard for fall protection in 2017, there is much more clarity on what protection from falls employers are required to provide on the roofs of their building and facilities. Employees or contractors engaged in temporary or infrequent work within 6’ to 10’ of an unprotected leading roof edge must have proper fall protection.
As the leading designer and installer of rooftop fall protection systems in North America, Flexible Lifeline Systems has designed hundreds of miles of roof fall protection systems for a variety of industries.
Solutions For All Types Of Roofs
Solutions are available for both low and high sloped roofs. From passive fall prevention solutions to active fall arrest systems, our roof fall protection systems are designed to be user-friendly and non-intrusive while providing continuous, uncompromising safety while working at height.
FLS offers a wide variety of rooftop fall protection solutions ranging from freestanding guardrail systems and skylight screens to rigid rail systems and economical permanent lifeline systems. Portable fall protection and temporary solutions are also available in multiple configurations to meet every requirement.
The first step in protection employees from falls from roofs is to perform a hazard assessment to identify the job tasks, means of access and areas that may expose someone to a fall. A site visit by one of our qualified fall protection system experts is a good start in help identify the areas where fall protection is needed. Using the hierarchy of controls, we methodically evaluate each roof with a mindset of to first eliminate the job task and hazard if possible, second prevent a fall from occurring by using fall prevention options such as guardrails and lastly the use of fall arrest systems or administrative controls. With a full understanding of all the potential hazards we can develop and prioritize a plan to protect anyone accessing a roof.
The Right Solutions
Providing fall protection on an existing or new roof is often a challenge. No one wants to put more holes in their roof to add railings or tie off points. Thankfully, FLS manufactures a wide variety of freestanding and non-penetrating fall protection products that can easily be added to a new or existing roof with out having to add unnecessary potential leak points. Protecting roof edges is only one part of a complete roof fall protection solution. Access ladders, walkways with guardrails, hatch fall protection systems, skylight screens and guards, as well as cross over steps and platforms to eliminate tripping hazards and provide safe means of access are all part of a comprehensive roof fall hazard abatement.
Built to Last and Proven to Work
One often over looked part of fall protection for roofs is durability and certification through design and testing. Equipment and products used on a roof to provide protection from falls are subjected to extreme environmental factors. Many products on the market today, especially painted ones, will quickly fade and start to rust in as little as 1 to 2 years depending on the environment. At a minimum, we always start with a hot dipped galvanized finish on our carbon steel products and then add durable powder coatings for aesthetics purposes only. Many solutions are also available in aluminum and stainless for added durability.
Not all roof fall protection products are created equal. The fine print will often reveal that some products only work in certain configurations, environments or if there is a parapet. We test every product we manufacturer at our test center to all US and global standards in all weather conditions to ensure that when it is needed most, it works.
Experts In Roof Fall Arrest
As the industry leader, FLS is acknowledged as the only true turnkey provider of innovative fall arrest solutions. We set the standard for fall arrest capability, quality and efficiency.