Roofing Safety 101
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
The warmer months have finally arrived, and that means one thing for homeowners with significant roofing projects and for roofing professionals that will complete the project: safety. It is essential to ensure that you work with a team of well-experienced roofing professionals that have a focus on putting roofing safety first in every aspect of what they do. From arriving at the job for an initial analysis of any roof damage to post-roofing cleaning, safety always comes first for the team at Expanded Roofing. Our team of roofing professionals knows that homeowner’s choose to work with us for our timely and affordable roofing repair and replacement services. However, we also know that safety needs to be a central focus of everything we do. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top areas of safety that our team focuses on during any proofing project.
Safety at Any Height
Unlike many home construction projects, roofing requires our team members to complete delicate work from heights of one-story or higher. This is why we train our roofing company members in safety techniques, both regarding the actual installation or repair, and regarding the specific tools, they will be using during the process. As the beginning of the spring’s busy roofing season rolls in, our team members have been highly trained in all aspects of roof repair and installation to prevent any potential fall hazards. Additionally, our roofing contractors focus solely on roof repair and installation, making any roof they work on feel just like their daily “office.”
Spring and summer are always the go-to time for roof repair and installation. While fall hazards are still a top priority, handling temperature increases are just as significant of a safety focus when it comes to working up on the roof. Roofing shingles can cause a heat increase, making a mild, 70°F day feel like well over 100°F. The most professional roofing companies always have a set plan to reduce exposure to high-temperature levels to prevent fatigue, illness, and injuries. For example, our roofing teams start as early as the homeowner will allow, working diligently to wrap up before the day’s peak heat levels. Mandated water breaks to maintain hydration and even a particular app created by OSHA help ensure roofing professionals are not over-exposed to heat.
On-Roof Anchors and Equipment
In addition to having a very skilled team of roofing professionals, attaching anchors, rope grabs and temporarily guardrails are just a few of the ways to ensure that there are no fall hazards during a roofing job. Anchors are required to hold a minimum of 5,000 pounds of weight for every worker that sets food on your roof. Rope grabs are attached to the fixed anchors and are adjustable in length and location, making it easy for workers to move across the area of the roof with the right amount of slack for the rope grab. Temporarily guardrails are also often placed around things like a skylight or a patch of roof lacking the structural integrity to make sure any in-roof fall risks are avoided.