June 10, 2013 at 5:48 am #28722
I have begun using a harness and tie-off for any work above a certain height. I bought one of the all in one kits: harness, anchor, line and lanyard. For a cheap Harness it’s not at all uncomfortable, but obviously could be better. I’ve already added additional anchors, and have plans for other changes.
What does everybody else use ?
kevinJune 10, 2013 at 6:16 am #28723cranbrook2ProBelgrave, Ontario , Canada
We rarely used them but when we did commercial jobs we just rented them from a rental store .August 28, 2013 at 9:04 am #39687
Does anyone wear fall protection when working on their own roof? I am interested to see if people will wear it on the job but not at home.August 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm #39796
Jason, if I had been in the habit of using them when I roofed my house I would have used one, the main roof was a 12/12 pitch. The only aspect of being tied off that is taking getting used to is the power and air lines getting underfoot and tangled in with the life line. This might help out some though:
kevinAugust 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm #39893jdw1865ProDewey, OK
I am scared of heights so if fall protection is called for, it is too high for me to be up there. My biggest problem with falling is missing the last rung on the 8 ft ladder on the way down. Usually land on my backside and roll a time or two.August 31, 2013 at 5:20 am #email@example.comModeratorOwatonna, MN - Minnesota
It amazes me how hard it is to get framers and roofers to mm use fall mm protection. You never see in on jobs.August 31, 2013 at 7:39 am #39912
That is a good point, I see countless jobs where guys will be on really steep pitches and no fall protection. I am really risk adverse so if my house was bigger than a ranch and didn’t have such a soft pitch I would wear it.August 31, 2013 at 8:37 am #39925
It’s a pain in the @&* to wear, that’s why. It requires some accommodation to your gear and to some extent how you work. Also some harnesses are very hard to clip on and off line without a buddy there to help. But I feel safer and can concentrate on the task at hand, and my wife isn’t worrying about me all day long.
kevinAugust 31, 2013 at 8:59 am #39927redwoodPro
I’ve never used one and rarely do I ever see them being used.
I’m like Jerry, not a big fan of heights anymore. I was fine when I was younger, but being legally blind in one eye now, it’s thrown everything a little off. No depth perception, I miss that last wrung on the ladder about 50% of the time, it’s a little embarrasing
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www.creative-redwood-designs.comAugust 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm #39946parenosModeratorHonesdale, PA
I am starting a roof on Tuesday and will make my guys wear fall protection. I would rather have the roof take us a few hours longer, then have to worry about someone getting hurt. I have done roofs by myself without any fall protection, which is a stupid idea, but at least I am the only one to blame if there is a issue.August 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm #firstname.lastname@example.orgModeratorOwatonna, MN - Minnesota
Fall protection is a necessity any more, xbut it is amazing how little it is used.September 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm #40084
True its a pain in the neck but necessary.September 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm #40289markProJackson, TN
I don’t use fall protection, and hopefully, never have to. Being a framer myself, I can’t even comprehend how anyone could put decking on a roof with that harness tied off. That would cause a lot of colorful language.September 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm #40298jdw1865ProDewey, OK
I have seen guys fall of the roof with a sheet of decking, that generating lots of colorful language also.September 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm #41780
I have a uku pile of fall protection and use it when it’s mandatory. Most of the roofs here are low pitch.September 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm #41781
I don’t use fall protection, and hopefully, never have to. Being a framer myself, I can’t even comprehend how anyone could put decking on a roof with that harness tied off. That would cause a lot of colorful language.
Here where I’m at it’s illegal to not use fall protection on the roof.September 16, 2013 at 6:17 am #41787
I bet getting cited for not being tied-off would generate even more colorful language.
kevinSeptember 16, 2013 at 6:19 am #41788
Two home owners near me, putting on a roof, fell and one of them is dead.
kevinSeptember 16, 2013 at 7:24 am #41808
Damnit, that is terrible news. I think people feel way to comfortable when they are working on their own properties.September 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm #41881
A home owner doesn’t need to be tied off. You only need tied off if you are working on a job.
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