MAIL: Roof Safety

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PV installer on roof
PV installer on roof with safety harness attached by a hard-to-see cable lanyard.
PV installer on roof
PV installer on roof with safety harness attached by an easier-to-see cable lanyard.
PV installer on roof
PV installer on roof

The front cover of HP151 shows a worker on a roof. He’s wearing a hard hat (required, but totally useless) and a safety harness (which is an OSHA requirement if the pitch is 4:12 or greater), but the harness is not connected to anything.

It is almost impossible to work on a roof without violating some OSHA regulation. However, a couple of companies who had working photos in articles in The Journal of Light Construction have been fined because the photo is evidence that they were not following OSHA requirements. Workable or not, you ought to show workers with harnesses! (In any photos you publish!)

Jim Newman • via email

The cable that connects the harness to the roof is hard to see, but there. You can see its reflection going across the module and disappearing behind the print on the cover. If you look at the second photo of True South Solar installer Eric Hansen, on the contents page, you will see both it and its reflection.

Field manager and installer Shawn Schreiner of True South Solar gives the details:

“Eric is connected to a retractable cable lanyard. This is a fall arrest system, and connected to his harness via an 18-inch extension. The cable is anchored on the other side of the roof ridge. True South Solar is committed to 100% fall protection—if we are on the roof, we rope up.”

Michael WelchHome Power senior editor

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