When it comes to doing roofing work, attention to roof safety is vital. Being ignorant of safety or simply taking safety shortcuts leads to many serious accidents. Many accidents can be prevented when employers and workers alike stay on top of safety. Roof safety covers work areas, ladder usage, tool and equipment safety, and electrical safety.
What Are the Top Roofing Hazards?
Understanding the top roofing hazards is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone working at heights at or above six feet. The following are common roof hazards:
- Poorly placed ladders
- Slippery or wet roofs
- Unstable roofs
- Uncovered holes and unguarded skylights
- Unguarded roof edges and sides
- Lack of safety training
- Using fall protection equipment improperly
What Does OSHA Require?
When it comes to roof safety, OSHA requires employers to foster a work environment free of known hazards. Ensuring the workplace is safe will consist of keeping work and floor areas clean, dry, and clear of clutter. It also includes providing workers with the right personal protective equipment and providing safety and equipment training.
How Can Falls Be Reduced When Working At Heights?
Whenever roofers are working at heights, employers must ensure workers are safe. Many falls happen due to a lack of safety training and using equipment incorrectly. Employers must provide adequate material specific to a particular job so that hazards can be greatly minimized or eliminated altogether. The type of equipment used will depend on the job being performed and fall into four categories: fall arrest system, a positioning system, a suspension system, or a retrieval system. Toe-boards, guardrails, or coverings must be used to guard floor holes. The same applies for working near dangerous machinery. Furthermore, fall protection equipment such as harnesses, safety nets, and hand railings need to be used as well.
Get Legal Advice
Our roofing lawyers understand employers’ responsibility as it relates to roof safety. We know that employees have rights and can file an OSHA complaint and request an inspection if they feel their workplace is unsafe. Resources are available on the OSHA website. Do not risk subjecting employees to a hazardous work environment and do not risk getting a citation. Get legal advice for roof safety today.
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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.