Roof Anchor Is Solution to OSHA’s New Residential Fall Protection Rules

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May 18th, 2011

In June, 2011, OSHA will implement their new residential fall protection rules.  This short video explains a common sense approach to comply with these new rules.   A copy of the new rules can be obtained by visiting  This video addresses how these new rules affect the obligations of the general contractorThese rules apply to any tradesmen that work more than six feet off the ground or a lower level.

View OSHA’s directive.

The new rules require fall protection for any employee working on the roof.  The historical problem with this approach is that residential structures do not have an obvious attachment point for a harness.  Commercial structures usually have flat roofs so a guardrail system can be used in that scenario.  The pitched roofs on residential structures, with their gable ends, make the guardrail solution impractical.

Connection DiagramBy using the DBI Sala U-Bolt Roof Anchor, a personal fall arrest system can be easily attached to a pitched roof.  The homebuilder supplies this device.

DBI SALA U-Bolt Anchor System

The framing contractor attaches the anchor to a roof truss while the truss is on the ground.

Roofer Attached with Roof Anchor System

The roof anchor is easily incorporated into a contractor's use while on the roof.

An additional benefit to the homeowner is that the anchor is a permanent installation. It’s there for the homeowner to use for future maintenance needs.

For more information on OSHA compliance issues contact knowledgebroker Paul Seitz 262-953-7245.


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