Any local roofer will tell you that safety is a major consideration when it comes to their dangerous occupation. Any roofing Jobsite comes fraught with potential hazards that must be avoided. Spiraling insurance costs cut into the bottom line of a professional roofer but those costs are mandatory should any mishap occur. There are a number of factors that should be accounted for and considered when it comes to working on high.
If the forecast calls for rain or snow it may make sense to postpone work until the weather is clear. Even if there is a dense fog in the morning this could add dangerous moisture to the roof which could affect balance. Frost or ice is another consideration in Northern climates. High winds can also add a variable that could affect maintaining a solid stance on the roof or when passing up sheathing or a bundle of shingles. A strong gust could make the sheathing act like a sail and could take the board, and the worker carrying the board, in the direction of the gust.
On a roofing Jobsite, there could be a number of different materials on the roof that could affect the traction of the workers. Sawdust leftover from cutting plywood sheathing could leave a slippery surface. Tools such as framing squares, tape measures, hammers, or nailers could add to clutter that could be in the way when working on a roof. Electrical cords could become tangled in workers’ boots causing a dangerous situation while high on a roof.
The pitch of a roof could definitely be a factor when it comes to maintaining balance on a roof. Obviously, the steeper the pitch the more difficult it is to keep your balance.
When it comes to footwear when working on high, the number one consideration should be traction. Comfort is obviously another consideration especially if your feet are full of blisters after a long hard day on the roof. Since you may be working on many different roof surfaces it would behoove you to purchase boots that will have good traction on many different surfaces. The best advice is to ask a local roofer for his opinion on what is the best type of boot to wear while roofing. A professional has a vested interest in keeping himself and his workers safe at altitude.
Roofing Safety Tips
Taking the necessary precautions when working on a roof should be mandatory if you don’t want any mishaps to occur on high.
• Work with a partner. Having a partner nearby not only makes the job go quicker but will always be the safer route.
• Secure all ladders before attempting to climb them. The 1 to 4 rule should be strictly adhered to when it comes to securing a ladder. For every 4 feet of altitude, the ladder should be moved out 1 foot. For a 32 foot high roof, the bottom of the ladder should be moved out 8 feet.
• Work only in calm and dry weather conditions. Sometimes this can be a difficult rule to follow but if you want to ensure safe conditions it would behoove anyone to follow it.
• Steep roof pitches should be left to a professional. DIYers tend to think they can tackle any project, even a steep roof. But sometimes taking the cautious approach is better than taking a chance and tackling a project out of your league. A professional roofer will have the experience to deal with a steeper pitched roof.
Working on high is a dangerous business. Roofing safety should never be compromised. If you feel that a roofing job is much too aggressive for you then call a local roofer. As a result of having many years of experience, he or she will be able to steer you straight in the area of roofing safety. Take heed of their advice and ensure that the job you are about to tackle will be safe for everyone involved.
Thanks to Kwik Roofing Oshawa for the post.