“Is our roofing bracket OSHA compliant?” Red Slator = YES. meets or exceeds OSHA 1926, 1910 and ANSI Z359.1 requirements when installed and used according to our instructions. It has been independent, 3rd party verified as such and stamped by professional engineers.
Blue Slator-mini = OSHA rules do not apply because it is not an anchor point.
Older Yellow version = NO.
We have 2 patent-pending products designed to firmly clamp a ladder to a slate or asphalt shingle roof: Theblue Slator-mini, and the red Slator. The blue Slator-mini does not have an anchor point for fall protection. It's simply a tool, designed to hold a ladder on a roof. It simply performs a function, similar to a ladder ridge hook. OSHA rules do not apply to the Mini. OSHA regulations, however, still mandate safety rules for workers and should be respected because they will help save someone's life. We recommend that you have other fall protection systems in place which comply with OSHA's requirements when using the Mini, such as using it along with the red Slator.
The red Slator, released in January 2015 and used by roofers all across the United States, meets OSHA's guidelines for an anchor point for personal fall protection for 1 worker with gear (310 pounds or less) when installed properly and used according to our directions.
Our older version yellow SLATOR bracket is not OSHA compliant. It was designed to give us safer access and mobility on roofs by allowing us to clamp a ladder firmly on the roof and move about on the ladder. We added a "tie-off", "click-in" location for a fall protection rope, to increase our safety until we can install an OSHA compliant ridge anchoring device. It is always much safer to have your anchoring system above you and have ONLY enough slack in the rope to do your work so that any fall would only be a 1 or 2 foot slip.
The old version yellow Slator came with a sticker that stated:
SLATOR is designed to be installed and used only by a COMPETENT person, experienced with fastening brackets and devices into roof rafters, and to help gain safer access ONLY UNTIL an OSHA compliant ridge roof anchoring system for fall protection can be installed. SLATOR IS NOT intended to be a SUBSTITUTE for such systems. Fasten ONLY into solid wood with numerous fasteners that will not allow SLATOR to move. Four ¼” diameter lag screws or six 16D nails into a solid roof rafter are ideal. DO NOT LOAD SLATOR or the ladder with more weight than the ladder is rated to support or use on a steeper incline than the ladder is designed for. Whenever possible, use (2) SLATOR brackets per ladder and tie off to the highest anchoring point. Damaged, fatigued, or heavily stressed brackets should be discarded immediately. WARNING! FAILURE TO SECURELY ATTACH AND/OR OVERLOADING SLATOR CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
OSHA Representative after visiting our website: “That’s a really good idea. You know, I went out on one fatality. The guy was on the ground, wearing his harness and rope with the anchoring device attached to the rope on the ground next to him. He fell while he was installing the safety ridge anchor.”
We invented the SLATOR to help keep us safer. Help us to reach the ridge of a roof and install the anchoring device of our choice, do the repair that takes less time than installing a ridge anchor, and as a way to work on slate roofs without walking on the slate and give us some fall protection because a ridge anchor is not appropriate for slate work.
We trust our lives to the SLATOR bracket every day, but we still use those other brackets, scaffolding, special rope systems, and the 20" oak tree in the ground on the other side of the roof whenever feasible. And we shall remain very careful of what we fasten into each time and strive for the "tie-off" point to be above us so that any fall becomes a stop after a slip rather than a sudden deceleration.