Roof Fall Safety Plans

Roof Fall Safety Plans

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Nov 20th 2023

It cannot be overstated how crucial it is to have a plan for preventing falls when working at heights, especially on rooftops. Such a plan will help ensure the well-being and safety of workers. A well-designed safety plan also has significant implications for businesses in terms of their financial stability. In this article, we will explore the elements of a fall protection strategy for roofs, drawing insights from industry experts adhering to OSHA guidelines and considering relevant data.

Neglecting Fall Protection 

Disregarding fall prevention measures can lead to consequences both in terms of lives lost and monetary losses incurred. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the workers compensation claim for fall-related injuries in the United States amounts to $48,000. This figure does not even take into account costs such as productivity and legal expenses. This emphasizes the impact that inadequate fall protection measures can have. Furthermore, falls resulting in injuries can lead to disabilities, fatalities, and decreased productivity, highlighting the toll that arises from a lack of effective fall prevention measures.

When creating a plan for protecting workers from roof falls, it's crucial to include the following components:

1. Conduct an assessment of the work environment to identify any fall risks associated with the ongoing roofing activities. 

2. Choose a fall protection system based on the identified threats. Options may include warning line systems, personal fall arrest (PFA) systems, guardrail systems or safety net systems. 

3. Ensure installation of the selected fall prevention system by hiring contractors with a proven track record in installing reliable fall protection systems. 

4. Provide training to workers on hazards and how to correctly use fall prevention equipment and systems. 

5. Regularly. Maintain the fall prevention systems to ensure compliance with safety standards. 

6. Develop a rescue plan, for rescuing workers in case of a fall accident. A designed plan should include the equipment and skilled personnel to ensure that rescue operations are conducted safely and efficiently. Industry statistics and insights 

Industry Date Points

The fact that half (49%) of reported falls can be attributed to the absence of fall protection highlights the importance of implementing comprehensive measures to prevent falls. By implementing a safety program there is potential to reduce injuries and associated costs by, up to 40%.  Roofers accounted for 43% of falls in the construction industry between 2011 and 2017 emphasizing the risks involved in working on roofs. Falls represent one third of all fatalities in the construction industry. With education, appropriate gear and necessary precautions it is feasible to eliminate fatalities caused by falling. 


An effective roof fall protection plan is not only a requirement but also a moral responsibility for ensuring the safety and well-being of workers. Employers have the power to safeguard their employees lives, minimize liabilities, and mitigate risks associated with working at heights by implementing the elements outlined above. Investing in fall prevention systems is not about ensuring the safety of employees. It's also a move that positively impacts the company's performance. Recognizing the importance of prioritizing fall safety goes beyond compliance with regulations. It reflects a commitment to ethical business practices. By implementing fall protection plans, employers can create work environments, reduce financial liabilities, and most importantly, safeguard the lives of their valued employees.

Howie Scarboro, C.E.O. and co-founder of Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C., recognized the need for continued improvements in roofing safety during the 2010 MetalCon show in Las Vegas. He joined forces with SnoBlox-Snojax, a leader in snow retention and seam clamping technology for metal roofs, to create the SSRA1 prototype. Tested by Gravitec for OSHA/ANSI certifications, the SSRA1 proved to be the industry's lightest, most robust, and most universal-fit anchor point for standing seam roofs. Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C. was born in 2015, shaping the future of fall protection and instilling confidence in the industry.