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    :: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 ::

    Alberta: Roofers subject to fall protection provisions - By: Canadian Occupational Health & Safety News
    The provisions, which came into effect on October 31, 2007, follow a six-month transition period that marked the termination of Part 38 of the code, explains Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry (AEII) spokesman Barrie Harrison. In accordance with Part 9 of the code, roofing employers must now ensure that workers use a fall protection system at a temporary or permanent work area if a worker could fall three metres or more or if there is “an unusual possibility of injury” if a worker were to fall less than three metres. Although Part 38 did require that roof surfaces be inspected daily for fall and slip hazards and that “effective measures” were taken to address any hazards, the section stopped short of requiring fall protection systems for all roofing projects, Harrison says.

    “We remain steadfast that using fall protection can prevent injuries and death — and roofers are no exception,” Harrison says. “So they’ll have harnesses and ropes and anything that’s required based on the code. Up until this point, they’ve never had to have any of that.”
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