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Staying Sharp on Roof Fall Protection

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This article was produced in partnership with CRCA. Author: Matthew Bradford

From slips or trips, and collisions or falls, roofs pose significant risks for injuries (or worse). Keeping everyone safe while on top of a home or building requires a mix of roof safety training, awareness, and cutting-edge equipment. 

“Working at a height has its own risks. For instance, a poorly positioned step or a fragile structure might cause major harm or even death.
Fall protection should be one of a company's top objectives in light of potential corporate and individual fines and imprisonment—and especially the trauma of personal injury and business loss.” Christian King

Rooftop safety is about more than keeping workers and visitors safe (although, that is the primary goal). Property owners and managers who fail to take precautionary safety measures risk falling out of compliance with federal, provincial and territorial rooftop safety standards and regulations, exposing themselves to hefty fines, reputational damage, and other consequences.


For example, the Federal Government makes its expectations for employers clear in the Canada Occupational Safety And Health Regulations, SOR/86-304, Sections 12.2, which reads: The employer must make sure every employee who uses protection equipment is trained by a qualified person in the use, operation, and maintenance of that equipment, and includes training about the fall-protection plan and in emergency procedures if there is a risk of drowning.”

The elements of rooftop safety

Getting a handle on rooftop safety is paramount. This is especially true as rooftop injuries related to falls remain a key issue within Canada. Herein, there are key components of rooftop safety, all of which must be considered in unison to keep workers safe:


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Partners in fall protection

All employers feel the demand for rooftop safety. Fortunately, many industry partners can help fill the gaps.

For its part, Kee Safety has spent years providing roofing contractors with rooftop safety guidesvideos, and other online resources, as well as assisting in developing rooftop safety standards used worldwide.

“Kee Safety is a market-leading, global safety business with a wide product portfolio of safety solutions. Our brand is synonymous with service and safety. We’ve been separating people from hazards since 1957 in Canada.” Christian King

Kee Safety also collaborates with industry stakeholders across Canada to help design, test, inspect, and implement rooftop safety solutions that are key in keeping rooftop visitors safe and on their feet.

“Our number 1 goal is to separate people from hazards. To be able to meet this goal, Kee Safety undertakes projects across Canada to deliver safety to every roof.” Christian King

Discover more rooftop safety resources, guides, and solutions at Kee Safety. 

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