By Alec Caldwell, CARAHS
A contractor recently told me that he reckoned that using safety ropes and restraints on roofs does not always bring safety. He said that ropes get tangled while workers crisscross each other, causing slips, trips and falls.
He said the Ministry of Labour would never acknowledge these types of incidents were happening, as it would be detrimental to their whole safety program.
While there’s probably some truth in his comments, isn’t it better that we live with occasional trips and slips with everyone still tied down? With people not tied down, we are looking at crippling injuries or death. Compare that to the less-severe injuries from tied-down workers occasionally getting tangled with each other.
Alec Caldwell is the founder of CARAHS, a non-profit association delivering safety, education and benefits to builders, contractors and trades. Call them toll-free free at 1-866-366-2930 or visit www.carahs.org