A new video released by NATE provides rooftop deployment safety information such as the hierarchy of fall prevention controls, RF hazard identification, ladder utilization and edge negotiation. The video also includes an interview with an experienced wireless technician who provides his perspective and tips for conducting rooftop work in a safe and efficient manner.
“Don’t think you can be lazy about safety or fall protection just because you’re on a flat rooftop rather than a tower,” said industry crew safety and training coordinator and NATE video spokesman, Brandon Foster. Among the tips Foster provides:
- Before work starts, make sure an OSHA-compliant guardrail or parapet is in place. “If not, OSHA requires us to flag a warning line 15 feet from the roof’s unprotected edge. For any work done outside the warning line, we’ll need to use fall restraint or fall arrests connected to an adequate anchor point,” Foster said.
- Complete a radiofrequency survey for OSHA and FCC compliance.
- Cover or barricade common hazards such as roof openings, skylights and access hatches.
October 25, 2019