Roof Tarping

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It is common for contractors to address roof repairs following a severe storm, and often times roof tarps are placed temporarily to help minimize or prevent further damage from rain and other elements of mother nature.

Employees must access the roof to install the tarps. Thus, they are at risk of injury from things such as falls, electrocutions, and other hazards.

Please see below for safety tips when installing tarps.

Hazard Identification

  • Look for downed overhead power lines & assume they are live
  • Maintain 10 feet minimum distance from overhead power lines
  • Generator use can cause “back feed” energizing lines that are no longer receiving power from the electrical grid
  • Avoid the use of a metal ladder near power lines or energized electrical equipment
  • Assess the roof condition/stability prior to allowing employees on the roof
  • Prevent fall hazards by selecting and requiring employees to use a fall protection system
    • Personal fall arrest system (harness with lanyard and tied off)
    • Guardrail system
    • Safety nets

Tarp Installation Safety

  • Avoid installing tarps during a storm, wind, or rain
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Use control measures such as chutes and barricaded areas when removing roof debris to protect workers on the ground from falling object hazards
  • Follow safe ladder techniques to prevent falls
  • Avoid getting on the roof when work may be done from ladders or other stable platforms
  • Keep an eye out for trip hazards such as vent stacks, satellite dishes, and cables/cleats holding down the tarp
  • Never walk on tarps as they are slippery
  • Never walk on tarps as there could be a roof opening or skylight underneath resulting in a fall hazard


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