Roofing Safety

Roofers all around America represents for almost 2/3 of all construction industry accidents. OSHA requires that all workers doing work 6 feet or higher to wear 100% fall protection at all times. Depending on your company’s policies, you may even have a 4 foot rule in effect. Here’s more information on roofing safety.

Wearing fall protection can and will save your life. Installing roofing brackets, will assist workers in maintaining their footing when walking on a roof. Installing a barrier between the worker and the edge of the roof will assure workers stay back 6’ from the leading edge.

Monitors are another way to ensure workers are not getting too close to the edge. Are workers using ladders to gain access to the roof? More than likely this is the way they are getting on the roof. Does your company have a ladder safety program implemented? Are your ladders getting inspected before each use? Do your workers know what to look for when inspecting ladders? These are all questions you must ask and verify before each job.

When installing a whole new roof more than likely you are doing an entire tear off of the old shingles and replacing them with new ones. Do you have a procedure in place to protect the public from falling materials? These are just a few things that must be given thought to, when you are in the business of doing roofing work.

Here are a few things to remember when working on roofs:

  • When working 6’ or higher OSHA requires you wear fall protection
  • Consider installing roofing brackets, they will assist workers maintain their footing
  • Install a barrier between the worker and the edge of the roof when possible. It will assure the worker stay back 6’ from the leading edge.
  • Make sure you workers are trained on ladder inspection procedures.

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