Roofing Fall Protection HLL Kit for Residential Applications

Roofer's Horizontal Lifeline designed for two operators.

Reducing Falls During Residential Construction

Installing new roofs and replacing worn roofs exposes workers to serious fall hazards. With proper training and fall protection equipment these fall risks can be substantially reduced. Proper training of all employees is the first defense against fall events. Topics such as the nature of fall hazards, correct procedures for employing fall protection equipment and the role of employees in fall protection plans should be covered. Refer to OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926.503 for a complete list of fall protection training requirements.

Pre-task Fall Protection Planning

Prior to beginning the job the focus should be on identifying fall protection needs. Some roofs have pre-installed anchorages that can be reused. In other cases alternate fall protection systems will need to be put into place. An often overlooked part of the initial planning is reviewing the structural integrity of the work area. Areas with signs of structural deterioration such as dry rot should be reviewed by a competent person. Identify all non-roof edge fall hazards such as skylights at this time also.

Using the Right Residential Roofing Fall Protection Equipment

A Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) is designed to safely stop a fall before the worker strikes a lower level. The three major components of the PFAS are the anchorage, the harness worn by the worker, and the lanyard or lifeline connector linking the harness to the anchorage.

OSHA requires that anchors must be able to hold at least 5,000 pounds per person or maintain a safety factor of at least two (twice the impact load of a fall event). An ideal location for an anchor is at the top of the roof directly over a truss. When it is practical, consider leaving the anchors in place to reduce the burden for roofers in the future.

Roofers may tie-off to a single anchorage point as part of their fall protection system. In most cases, a worker's productivity can be increased by employing an engineered horizontal lifeline as a tie-off point. When attached to a horizontal lifeline, a worker's connecting lifeline can freely move over the distance between two anchorage points. This increases the area that a worker can travel without having to give up time to reconnect to a different anchor. Similar to anchors, a horizontal lifeline must be designed to maintain a safety factor of at least two (twice the impact load of a fall event). Refer to the OSHA Construction eTool for more information on horizontal lifeline requirements.

Another productivity enhancing device that is especially applicable to roofing tasks is a rope grab. Rope grabs connect the worker's lanyard to a lifeline and allow the worker to adjust the length of the lifeline. This is useful when workers are frequently moving about the roof. Roofers who use rope grabs need to frequently take up the slack in the line to ensure a free fall would not be greater than six feet.

Sayfline Horizontal Lifelines

Roofer's appreciate the ease of installation of Sayfline's horizontal lifelines and the OSHA fall protection compliance that they provide. These kits include reusable heavy-duty wood roof anchors and an engineered horizontal lifeline. The engineered design of the horizontal lifeline ensures that fall arrest forces will be managed in a way that prevents them from exceeding OSHA guidelines.

DBI-Sala Sayfline Roofer's HLL System - with Heavy-Duty Roof Anchors
Model No. Description Price
7600511 Roofer's fall protection kit includes: Sayfline™ 50 ft. (15.2m) horizontal lifeline (7600505), two reusable roof anchors (2103673) and a carrying bag (9503806). Click for pricing

Sayfline Roofing Fall Protection HLL Kit – Product Features

  • Includes two reusable and durable roof anchors
  • Lightweight, portable and easy to install
  • A built-in tensioner can shrink down the system for compact areas or expand it for larger ones

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Engineered Fall Protection supplies Sayfline roof fall protection HLL kits in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

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