Roofing Safety: Slips and Falls
Of all the accidents associated with roofing, falls are not
only the most common; they are also likely to cause the
most serious injuries. About 30 percent of injuries to
roofers are sustained as a result of falls or slips.
Section 1730 of Title 8 of the California Code of
Regulations pertains to roofing operations. When these
regulations are followed, many falls and resulting injuries
This tailgate/toolbox topic summarizes Section 1730.
Refer to the safety order itself for exact wording and
Single-Unit roof coverings – Slopes 0:12–4:12
This part of Section 1730 applies to roofs with a height
more than 20 feet and when using backward-pulling
machinery, such as felt-layers, regardless of height.
Install flagged warning lines, with a minimum tensile
strength of 500 pounds, 34 to 45 inches above the
roof surface to warn workers of the roof edge.
♦ When possible, place headers consisting of sheets
of roofing or other materials parallel to the roof
♦ Place warning lines and headers no closer than 5
feet from the roof edge.
When using felt-laying machines or other equipment
that is pulled by an operator who walks backwards or
motorized equipment on which the operator rides, the
headers shall be no closer than 10 feet and the warning
lines no closer than 5 feet from roof edges. When
conditions prohibit the use of headers, the warning lines
shall be placed no closer than 10 feet from roof edges
that are perpendicular to the direction in which the
operator is moving.
Connect materials handling and storage areas to the
work area with a clear access path formed by two
Single-Unit Roof Coverings
On roofs higher than 20 feet, protect workers by one
or more of the following: parapets 24 inches or higher,
fall protection, catch platforms, scaffold
platform, eave barriers, standard toeboards and railings.
Do not use backward-pulling equipment.
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