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RickDel 06-04-2011 12:27 PM

Need help with fall protection equipment and technique.
Hello, I need some advice on fall protection technique and equipment. I've done A LOT of research, but this isn't a topic well covered for beginners.

I want to purchase some quality safety equipment for my annual gutter cleaning of my 2 Ĺ story townhouse. I canít just move the ladder, so Iíll have to actually get on the roof.

Iíve looked at the Ďkits in a bucketí but was thinking of purchasing something a little nicer. I'm considering a Falltech harness:
With a 100í Guardian lifeline:
I donít want to remove or damage any shingles, so Iím not planning to use an anchor. Instead, I want to tie the rope off to a sturdy object opposite the side Iíll be working and throw it over the roof, letting it hang to the ground on the opposite side. Then Iíll use a rope grab for fall arrest in case I fall from the roof. Iíll also have a friend assist for rescue/recovery.

So, thatís my plan. Any suggestions or advice on the harness Iíve selected or my technique? Iíll also need suggestions for a lanyard and rope grab.

Thanks for the help.

RickDel 06-05-2011 12:54 AM

hmmmm, 37 views and no replies doesn't look too promising.

Can anyone at least tell me if the rope over the house is an acceptable method to use with a rope grab and harness? Also, anyone have anything on rope grabs??? How they work and which model I should get.


mustangmike3789 06-05-2011 06:33 AM

i have to wear fall protetion in my line of work. have you looked for info at OSHA. the requirements seem to be a little different in each situation such as lanyard lengthor single vs double lanyard. i think that MILLER seems to make a good harness. i normally wear these when access to tie off is provided like operating a man lift or walking a ledge with a rat line near by. in some odd areas such as walking on the counter weight of a draw bridge tilted @ 30 degrees and no place near to tie off we use a yo-yo. im sure that someone in roofing can give you better advise in your situation.

Serious Roofer 06-07-2011 08:22 PM

To be honest i think your somewhat stuck with using a anchor. to tie off and work on the other side of the roof isnt that good of a plan. you do have the option of hiring a gutter cleaner, rather then spending the $200 on a nice harness, rope, lanyard, anchor, anchor nails, not to mention buying your buddy a beer for watching you clean your gutters. However........

The harness youve chosen is a good one, just need to figure out a better way to anchor yourself in.

RickDel 06-08-2011 03:20 AM

thanks guys... I went ahead and pulled the trigger last night. I bought some quality equipment from a roofing supply vendor. It was more expensive then hiring someone, but at least I now own the tools I need to safely get on my roof anytime I want. Thanks.

Roofster 06-10-2011 06:36 PM

I would suggest the anchor. Tieing off on the other side is not a good plan. The local roofing supply company will be able to give some helpful advice on how to use it properly in person.

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