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Fall protection in residential roofing

Definition of residential: Where the working environment and the

construction materials, methods and procedures employed are
essentially the same as those used for typical house construction.

Fall protection plan: does not need to be in writing or documented, but

training should follow residential guidelines of Appendix E in Subpart M.

Residential construction

Group 1 – Group 2 – Group 4 – Other situations:

! installing floor joists Foundation walls/related Roofing work – shingles, ! wall openings
! erecting exterior walls form work tile, tar paper ! floor holes
! setting/bracing roof ! unguarded stairs
trusses/rafters ! snow removal
! installing roof sheathing ! crane operation
Refer to federal STD Low slope: Steep slope ! other
3-0.1A <4/12 pitch
Refer to federal STD 3-0.1A
Briefly: > 4/12 to 8/12 pitch:
▪ can use a controlled access ! conventional/no
zone (CAZ) system ! conventional/no limits Subpart M as
Group 3 – limits ! slide guards – originally issued
▪ storage must be at least 6’
Drywall, insulation, ! safety monitor/ intervals vary with
in from edges, with markings
electrical, cable TV, slide guards roof pitch
▪ must have competent
plumbing and related: ! 25’ height limits ! if other than
when done in attics and conventional, for up
▪ can use safety monitor
on roofs to 25’, refer to
▪ no standing freely on top
plates or walking on them federal STD 3-0.1A
*Slide guards allowed for ! >25’, conventional
sheathing – not same as for only
Group 4 – more lenient rule Refer to federal STD
here. 3-0.1A
Revised May 11, 2004
48’ height limitation
includes total building >8/12 pitch:
height conventional only
where eave/ground
height exceeds 6’.

This material can be provided in different formats (Braille, large print or audiotape) by calling the MNOSHA Training/Outreach Office at
(651) 284-5050; toll-free at 1-877-470-OSHA (1-877-470-6742); or via TTY at (651) 297-4198.