According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, more than four roofing workers die each month because of falls. And the National Safety Council reports more than 6,000 people die each year from falling from roofs and ladders.
Consequently, before starting any type of roofing job, whether it is a complete roof system replacement, repair, or basic maintenance, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the risk of falls.
- Issue employees appropriate safety equipment and educate them about how to properly use and wear hard hats, harnesses and suitable footwear.
- Always inspect harnesses for tears, splits, rips, and buckle or D-ring damage.
- Place a great deal of importance on employees taking preventative safety measures.
- Ladders should be kept away from electrical wires and electrical boxes, consider using ladders made from nonconductive materials such as fiberglass.
- You should contact the building owner and local power company before starting any type of work on any roof so they can clear the area of any live electrical circuits, wires, or boxes.
(From Professional Roofing Magazine)