In part one of our article, we shared some safety tips that we think roofing contractors should take heed to. It’s important to take advantage of the summer weather but everyone’s safety should be priority one.
5. Perform Routine Safety
It may be tempting to forego some of your usual safety measures such as wearing the proper safety gear because they make you hotter, but items such as your fall arrest system are critical to your safety. Furthermore, working on a roof in wet conditions can present a fall hazard. It’s also important to use caution when handling tools that have been in the heat as they can cause burns or cause injury if they are wet and slippery. Be sure that all tools are being properly stored in a cool and dry place for safe handling. Complying with OSHA regulations is one of our areas of expertise. A roofing attorney in Alabama is available for consultation should you have questions on how to meet established standards.
6. Wear the Right Gear
When working in hot weather, it’s also important to wear sunscreen and the right clothes. The material of your clothing matters. For example, a Dri-Fit material is breathable and wicks moisture away from the body which helps you to stay cool. Shoes with slip-resistant soles will come in handy on wet days and on roofs with slopes.
7. Avoid Working in the Rain
Just like you’ll want to find a way to avoid the sun as much as possible, you’ll want to work around the rain. It’s understandable that you have deadlines to adhere to, but working in the rain is not worth the risk. Carrying heavy equipment and slipping are both hazards that could lead to a serious injury and even death if a worker were to fall from high heights.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.