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Need help with fall protection equipment and technique.

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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 ½ story townhouse. I can’t just move the ladder, so I’ll have to actually get on the roof.

I’ve looked at the ‘kits in a bucket’ but was thinking of purchasing something a little nicer. I'm considering a Falltech harness:

With a 100’ Guardian lifeline:

I don’t want to remove or damage any shingles, so I’m not planning to use an anchor. Instead, I want to tie the rope off to a sturdy object opposite the side I’ll be working and throw it over the roof, letting it hang to the ground on the opposite side. Then I’ll use a rope grab for fall arrest in case I fall from the roof. I’ll also have a friend assist for rescue/recovery.

So, that’s my plan. Any suggestions or advice on the harness I’ve selected or my technique? I’ll also need suggestions for a lanyard and rope grab.

Thanks for the help.
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· NACE Coating Inspector
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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.
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