Almost every fifth death during construction works happens while roofing, and in 90% of cases, no fall protection was used. Whether you are a professional from a roofing company or a do-it-yourself roofer, you should never skip roofing safety precautions because they are time-consuming or would cost you additional money.
The general roofing precautions include wearing a helmet, rubber soled shoes, working gloves and eye-protection. One more general rule that always applies is to never work on a wet roof. However, there are some specific hazards that should be addressed personally.
- Roof edges.
To provide proper roofing service on slopping roofs, scaffolding (stagings, roofing jacks) is required to prevent people, tools and materials from falling. In addition, eave protection must be installed on both sides. For flat roofs double guardrails installment is mandatory.
- Fragile surfaces.
Every roof should be treated as fragile until the opposite is proved. While working on such roofs, platforms beneath the roofs are highly recommended, along with fall restraints and a safety net around the roof.
Secure your ladder with a plywood brace and place the ladder only on the solid and smooth ground. Do not forget to extend the it several inches above the roof so that you will have a place to grab while transitioning back to the ladder from the roof.
- Power nail.
Pneumatic nail gun is basically like a weapon. Keep it clean and maintained, use only clean and dry compressed air and disconnect the air supply once you are done with your work.
- Material handling.
Only use your legs when lifting the materials and not your back. Avoid carrying too much as it is harmful for the ladder and the roof as well.
Remember: the best roofer is the one who secures the workplace and safely returns home, and not the one who avoids safety measures consuming nothing would happen to get the work done faster.