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Rooftop Unit Winter Maintenance – Be Prepared

Published On : 2016-11-22

As winter nears, it is important to make sure your facility’s roof mounted heating units are safely accessible. Heating equipment is forced to withstand extreme weather conditions, and expected to operate flawlessly, keeping us warm throughout the cold months. Living in cold weather climates, you likely know all too well the effects that ice, snow and wind can have on HVAC units.

Accessing the equipment for maintenance or to fix any issues can be a dangerous task in cold weather. One misstep can be fatal, not only for the operator, but for the building owner and company. Years of lawsuits, stress and regret are to follow.

Don’t take the risk of not having your building up to code. Get the equipment required: guardrail and walkway installed around all rooftop units with a safe path to and from roof hatches and access ladders.

Lightweight, non-penetrating systems are available, making installation possible on all roof types. The modular designs help fit tight timelines and financial budgets.

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Province Specific Regulations on RTU Access

There are regulations that exist in your region to ensure the safety of workers on roofs. Ontario buildings have to comply with the TSSA Standards. See here for more details.

Alberta

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required.

British Columbia

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. Further than that and a warning line is required at the 2m mark.

Manitoba

Follows CSA B149.1-10. Unit must be 6’ (2m) from edge of roof/fall hazard. 2’ clearance on either side of RTU service panel is required. Walkway with guardrail required on sloped roof to access RTU. Access to RTU on roof >8m needs a stair. Access to RTU on roof >4m needs fixed access ladder.

New Brunswick

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required.

Newfoundland

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is further, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge.

Northwest Territories

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is further, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge.

Nova Scotia

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required.

Nunavut

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is further, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge.

Ontario

If worker within 6’ (1.8m) of roof edge guardrail is required. Drawing of guardrail and service unit must be supplied with application to TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority).

Prince Edward Island

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required.

Quebec

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required.

Saskatchewan

If worker is within 1.8m (6’) of roof edge then guardrail is required. Unit must be accessed by a raised walkway.

Yukon

If worker is within 2m (6.5’) of roof edge, then a guardrail is required. If worker is within 4m (13’) of edge, then a warning line is required at 2m from edge. Further than that and nothing is required. A safety monitor person can be used to watch the workers instead of a guardrail being used, to ensure safe work. Can supervise a max. of 8 workers.

 

We Can Help!

Skyline Group’s team is available to analyze your current circumstances and ensure they are up to code. They will provide you with the best solution to solve any roof safety needs. See past projects and comments from satisfied clients here.

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Rooftop Unit Winter Maintenance – Be Prepared

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