When roofers and maintenance workers in Pennsylvania perform their duties, they and their employers generally need to adhere to safety rules issued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Updated regulations for walking-working surfaces require people working less than 6 feet from the edge of a roof to set up a guardrail or wear fall arrest or travel restraint systems. Temporary or infrequent jobs, however, do not need to incorporate this equipment if people are working between 6 and 15 feet from the edge.
Additionally, a work area that qualifies for exemption from fall restraint systems needs to be a low-slope surface. Although the regulations do not define a temporary or infrequent job exactly, OSHA has agreed with the definition developed by a trade group that considers a temporary job one that takes one to two hours to complete. Examples include changing an air conditioner filter or cleaning a chimney.
As for determining whether a job falls under the label of infrequent, the safety agency gave examples such as work necessary to take care of an equipment breakdown or annual maintenance. OSHA expects the updated regulations to improve safety for workers by making standards clear and including inspection requirements.
Safety regulations encourage employers to mitigate hazards and protect workers from harm. Even when good faith efforts are made to promote safety, accidents and workplace injuries can still result. A person hurt on the job has a right to collect benefits through workers’ compensation to pay for medical bills and cover lost pay. Some employers, however, place barriers between workers and benefits. An attorney can often be of assistance to an injured worker who is having trouble with a claim.