Roofers must be protected from safety hazards at all times. This includes extreme cold weather conditions that can potentially expose contractors to injuries and illnesses. However, roofers can still find effective and safe ways to do their jobs. This article and part two will consist of valuable winter safety tips for roofers. Winter safety tips can also be found on OSHA’s website.
Can Roofing Work Be Done in the Winter?
Roofing work is dangerous regardless of what season it is performed; however, the winter months present additional challenges. Slippery and damaged surfaces can seriously injure workers. It is also important to note that winter roofing projects can take longer to complete. Additionally, the lower the temperatures, the more difficult it is to get the adhesive to seal when installing shingles. If shingles do not seal properly, you will open yourself up to a roof claim of which a roofing attorney in Illinois would be your best source for remediation.
Protect Yourself in the Snow
Winter storms or ice storms create a lot of damage as they leave snow and ice all over the place. Snow on roofs can be very dangerous. Workers can slip and fall and skylights may be indistinguishable, which increases the likelihood of falling through a roof. Your crews should always be trained on how to de-ice a roof and equipment before beginning the work. It’s also important that contractors understand proper defensive driving to avoid accidents on slippery roads.
Protect Yourself From Cold Illnesses
Dressing in layers is critical for preventing winter-related hazards such as hypothermia and frostbite. A combination of human sweat and cold air promotes hypothermia. Frostbite can occur on your ears, nose, fingers, and toes when these areas are not properly covered. Workers should wear at least three layers of clothing which consists of an inner layer, insulation layer, and exterior layer. Staying hydrated will also help replenish your body of the fluids that are drained while working in the cold air.
A roofing lawyer in Illinois can advise you on proper weather safety to ensure your entire worksite is trained on proper weather safety including the proper engineering controls to reduce the risk of cold stress.
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.