8Nov

Roof Safety

SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DANGERS TO ROOFERS INCLUDE:

• Extreme heat: Not only are roofers working under the sun for hours at a time, but they’re surrounded by reflected heat. Working in these conditions puts workers at risk of dehydration or heatstroke if they’re not mindful of just how hot it becomes while working.

• Slippery conditions: Walking on roofs can be hazardous when ice, snow, rain and moisture is present, or if there is an uncommonly steep sloped roof or a flat roof with gravel. Footing and correct footwear is of paramount importance to accessing the roof safely and any of those conditions can compromise that safety.

• Ladders: An improperly secured ladder can lead to a serious fall or even death. For buildings that don’t provide roof access from inside, roofers must use ladders to get to the roof.

• Vents & ductwork: Exposed vents, ductwork, and other obstructions protruding from the roof can all block a worker’s view or become hazardous obstacles simply by being in the way.

• Trees, wires, and loose debris: It’s not uncommon for electrical wires to extend across roofs or for tree branches to partially obscure view. These hazards can cause roofers to trip or fall, and in the case of overhead power lines and HVAC equipment, sustain serious injuries

5 WAYS TO ENSURE ROOFER SAFETY

• Ensuring their work area is organized and clean. Tools and equipment should be blocked off from animals, children, and pedestrians as to avoid unnecessary injury or damage.

• Work areas should also be separated from common danger areas.

• Wearing appropriate footwear with adequate traction, safety glasses, hardhats, and gloves when appropriate. Always wearing a safety harness and ensure it’s tied off securely.

• When using ladders, always secure them with stabilizers or through other means. This not only keeps the ladder steady but also prevents damage to a building’s gutter system.

• Cleaning up as you work to avoid creating debris and other hazards that may lead to falls or injury. • Not working during inclement weather or extreme heatwaves. Rain and snow cause their share of hazards for roofers, but so can very high temperatures. Try to plan your jobs around the weather and have contingency plans in place to avoid losing too much time if you have to wait out particularly bad weather.