Our affiliate currently uses H.U.G.S. (guardrail system) for roof work. Is that sufficient to prevent all fall-related injuries or is there other equipment our affiliate should also be using?
H.U.G.S. is a guardrail perimeter fall protection system (others are available too) designed to prevent workers from falling off the roof to the ground over the exterior leading edge. Your affiliate is also required, per OSHA, to provide interior fall protection, which involves requiring all sheathing workers to wear harnesses and some form of lanyard to prevent falling through an interior opening. This applies to sheathing operations, when working with skylights, or other roof or floor openings, where a fall distance of 6 feet or greater exists.
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