How to Use a Safety Harness on a Roof


Roof repair is one of the leading causes of personal injury around the home. Ignoring proper safety procedures and not having the right safety equipment can lead to a serious accident. When you're working on a roof, a safety harness is a very important tool for gaining access to hard to reach places and for securing you to the roof. With just a few short steps you can safely work on your home's roof.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety Harness
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Power Drill
  • Screws
  • Roof Anchor
  • Fasten the safety harness around you according to the manufacturer's instructions. You should check the fit of the harness before going onto the roof.

  • Tighten the harness to ensure a snug fit. Loose or dangling straps may slip, leaving you vulnerable to injury.

  • Drill screws into rafters to secure the roof anchor to the peak of the roof.

  • Connect the safety rope to the ring on the roof anchor.

  • Attach the lanyard to the D-ring located on the back of the harness. Be sure to squeeze the rope to adjust the lanyard as your move along the rooftop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Installing a slide guard will also prevent you from sliding off the roof.
  • Wearing shoes with soft rubber soles will give you traction while working on the roof.

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