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Roofer: “Majority of roofing injuries are CAUSED by ‘safety’ equipment”

Anyone care to comment on this claim. We really don't know what to say.

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April 27, 2018 by canadiancontractor

We often run articles promoting total adherence to safety rules on job sites. Alec Caldwell of CARAHS has written hundreds and hundreds posts for us, over the years, trying to save lives and livelihoods.

But then we get these posts, like the one below, that argue that harnesses (for example) are dangerous on many roofs. (“You’re going for a trip, usually on your face.”) Thoughts, everyone?

Professional roofer here. I’ve seen many injuries on a roof, and the majority of them are caused by “safety” equipment. I’ll use a rope when I feel it’s required for my safety, but never a harness on a sloped roof. The only reliable use of a rope is on high slopes, and used with a belt to hang off of. Try that with a harness and you’re going for a trip, usually on your face. The laws were made for flat roofers; wholly use them  for a short amount of time, until the stands are up. A harness is just an accident waiting to happen on a sloped roof.




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