I think it would be a highly risky thing to do if it was not a absolute must, inspection of the house could do without a look down the chimney.
I will refer to the SOP, inspection of the roof can be done from the eave…walking to top is an option left to the inspector…personal protection of the inspector is at the dicretion of the inspector however.
I owned and operated a roofing company, I roofed in all weather, I have removed snow from the roof to install shingles and I know how sure of a footing you can have on a snow covered roof. With this being said I still made certain that fall protection was in place just in case the ‘sure footing’ became a downhill adventure.
OSHA requires slide guards at a 90 degree angle at the eave of the roof on any thing over 4/12 pitch. Below 4/12 a perimeter guard system or monitor must be utilized. I understand that the owner may kill or harm himself on the job as must as he/she may choose to however I suggest that the reason OSHA has these rules in place is because of the statistics, statistics don’t know if your an owner or an employee.
Just be smart and you won’t need to be as careful…I have had to go through 2 employee deaths with friends in the construction business. I don’t want to have to read a post about another.
Yeah, I know, I am just a susceptable to a fall as anyone else so I too will mind my six.