Roof replacement can be dangerous. But, it doesn’t have to result in injury. If done right, it’s possible for everyone to stay safe while still building a quality roof.
How to Stay Safe at any Height
Regardless of what size building your employees are working on, they must get in the habit of practicing proper safety. By taking a few preventive steps, employers can limit the potential for workplace injuries.
5 Things no Roofing Contractor Should ever Do
- Use a step ladder or a single ladder in a partially closed position
- Use the top rung of a ladder as a step unless it was designed for that purpose
- Place a ladder on an unstable or un-level surface
- Move or reposition a ladder while a person or equipment is on it
- Use a ladder for anything other than its intended purpose
Installing Roof Trusses
When installing roof trusses, there are several different methods roofers use to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities.
Bracket scaffolds, which are placed on the interior or the exterior of a structure, give contractors a stable working platform during a roof replacement. The guardrail system on the scaffold provides workers with fall protection when installing roof trusses.
Many roofing contractors use platform ladders and step ladders to give them a stable, elevated platform to do their work. One of these safety devices can be set up inside a structure, while you install a roof truss.
A spreader can be used to brace a truss and distribute the forces across several different trusses. They act as anchors for personal fall arrest systems and fall restraint systems.
Installing Ridge Poles and Rafters
Despite their declining popularity, some builders still frame roof systems with ridge poles and rafters. If you are using this method, you can still use strap anchors and bolt-on anchors with personal fall arrest systems and fall restraint systems.
Installing Roof Sheathing
After a roof is framed, it’s important to continue practicing proper safety during sheathing operations, including:
- Safety net system
- Bracket scaffolds
7 General Roof Replacement Safety Rules to Follow
Regardless of what system you use, there are several general safety recommendations you cannot ignore.
- Don’t work on a wet roof
- Always keep your work area clean
- Wear safe footwear
- Use a safety harness lanyard system, a safety net and guardrails
- Set up your ladder properly
- Never leave a ladder unattended
- Watch out for wires
Roof replacement jobs shouldn’t result in injuries, which lead to costly Workers’ Compensation insurance claims. If you follow these general tips, your workers can stay safe at any height.