Why Roofing Accidents Happen
Did you know that people take climbing a ladder for granted? Unfortunately, positioning a ladder incorrectly or failing to secure a ladder can lead to a serious injury or even death for a roofer. Ladder-related accidents happen for the following reasons:
- Businesses fail to comply with OSHA ladder requirements
- The climber fails to maintain three points of contact with the ladder
- The ladder is placed on an uneven surface
- The climber reaches or leans to complete work instead of repositioning a ladder
Accidents Can be Prevented
The above reasons are just a few of the ways accidents happen, but these are all avoidable. To avoid accidents, read the manufacturer’s instructions, set up the ladder on a dry and flat surface, and do not place extension ladders at an extreme angle. Workers should avoid carrying materials that will cause an imbalance and get the assistance of a team member to help with heavier objects. Also, do not climb a ladder with too many items in your hands, do not use a ladder near a doorway, and do not climb higher than necessary. Areas, where ladders are used, should always be kept clear and ladder footing should be secure.
OSHA Ladder Requirements
Being proactive is the key to complying with OSHA standards. The basics of ladder safety include inspecting ladders periodically, providing ladder safety training, and identifying and minimizing hazards. Different types of ladders are used in the roofing industry, but each type of ladder has unique safety requirements. For example, step ladders need to be used in the fully open position and avoid using the top of the ladder as a step. Extension ladders must be used at the correct angle.
Hire an Expert Roofing Lawyer
Employers, it’s crucial to learn OSHA ladder regulations for the workplace. When it comes to safety hazards, much of what applies to the construction industry also applies to roofers. Roofers have the right to file a complaint with OSHA if they feel the workplace is unsafe. This is why it is vital to let your employees know that safety is your top priority.
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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.