3 Safety Rules for All Roofing Projects
It’s no secret that construction is a dangerous field to work in, however there are certain projects that pose much larger risks than others; one of the most dangerous types of construction projects is roofing, as it involves strenuous and technical work on a sloped, often slippery surface – typically no less than twelve feet off the ground. One wrong movement by a member of the roofing team, and they could end up seriously injured, or even killed. Roofing falls often result in broken limbs, backs, and joints, as well as torn muscles, concussions, sever bruising, and even cardiac arrest. The dangers of roofing are fairly straightforward, and as long as a construction crew has no trouble staying on the rooftop, they should walk away from the incident unscathed. These crews are fitted with special equipment which helps them stay on rooftops securely, however anyone wishing to take on a roofing project or repair for their own home should consider the following rules before starting on a project:
- Work with a Partner
One of the worst practices someone working on a roofing project can do is working alone; no matter how large or small the project may be, it’s always pertinent that another person be present in the event of an emergency. The person can stand on the ground and keep an eye out for any potential dangers the worker might not see. In addition, the individual on the ground can always break the fall in case an accident does occur, which could ultimately be the difference between life and death in a serious incident.
One of the most common roofing accidents involves using a misplaced or misassembled ladder, as a ladder which has not been properly secured is very likely to slip or collapse under use. Ladders should always be placed on flat, steady surfaces – preferably free of any debris that could cause slippage. If there is a concern for slippage, something such as a concrete block put behind the ladder can work to keep it in place. In addition, it’s always a great idea to have another person hold the ladder while it is being climbed, as this also works to secure the ladder, making it easier to ascend.
- Evaluate Weather Conditions
Generally, working on a roof should only be done on calm, partly-clouded days with little to no wind, but enough clouds to help block out the sun for the best visual conditions. However, not every is perfect for roofing, and some days should be avoided for these projects all together. Any day that is excessively windy should be avoided, and for a number of reasons: the wind could blow over the ladder, leaving the worker or homeowner stranded on the roof (or blow your supplies off the roof while you are working), the rain can make the roof slippery and unsafe to navigate, and the sun can make the roof too hot to work with, and the sky too bright to see the work being done. Ultimately, roofing should only be done when the temperatures are comfortably warm, and when wind is at a minimum.
If you are unsure about completing your roofing project safely, give Exteriors Plus a call: we’ve been in the business for over 15 years, and we’re dedicated to making sure that you walk away with only the best results. Whether it be a small roof repair, or an entire project, we understand the risks of roofing, and we are happy to share our experience with you and your home.