Did you know that almost one in five deaths in construction is related to roof work? Numerous accidents happen because people fail to adhere to roof safety procedures that would otherwise protect their life. If you’re getting ready to do some roof work on your home, you need to know all about the safety precautions you must take to stay safe up there. The last thing you need is a broken bone or an even greater injury just because you were too lazy to follow the safety measures.
Have safe access to the rooftop
The first thing to take care of is to have safe access to the roof. Make sure you have unrestricted access scaffolds that you can use confidently. Whether you have stair towers, fixed or mobile scaffold towers you’ll be able to climb up safely. You’ll need mobile access equipment, ladders and roof access hatches so that you can be sure that you’re in no danger as you climb up to fix the roof.
Ladder stability and safety techniques
Falling down the ladder can be easier than you think unless you know how to ensure their stability. First, you’ll need to make sure there’s no sign of any damage to it. If the ladder is in good condition, it’s time to stabilize it. Double-check your ladder’s stability by setting up your ladder on solid footing. If the ground is not level, place plywood under one of the feet and reinforce it with wire and stakes. Set your ladder against a sturdy backing so that the bottom of the ladder sticks out one foot away from the house for every 4 feet of elevation. Once you’ve stabilized it, raise the top of the ladder to extend a minimum of 3 feet above the edge of your roof. That way, you’ll have a firm grip as you set a foot onto your roof.
Use the correct safety equipment
Many roof-related injuries and deaths happen while working on domestic buildings. So, if you’re planning to do some work on your home, make sure you use the proper safety equipment. Always keep edge protection in mind, and use specially designed roof anchors on the roof itself to secure yourself from falling off the top. If you’re working on a flat roof, use simple protections such as a secure double guardrail and toe board around the edge.
Wear personal protective equipment
Besides having safely secured ladders, a roof anchor and protected edges, you’ll also need to get all the necessary protective equipment. Be sure to have appropriate trousers that will protect your legs from cuts, scrapes and splinters. No matter the weather, avoid wearing shorts while working on the roof. Protective footwear is also essential. Invest in shoes with steel toecaps to protect against dropped objects. Mid-sole protection will prevent puncture or penetration by nails and other sharp materials. You’ll also need high visibility clothing so you can be easily spotted even in the evening. By wearing safety helmets, you’ll protect your head against anything that may fall off the roof, when climbing up or down, or when you’re on the ground.
Furthermore, if you fall off, a helmet will protect your head against head injuries during the fall. Don’t forget knee pads to protect the knees from strain and damage. Compression and wear on the joint can cause a lot of strain to your knees, so be sure to protect them while working on the roof.
One can never be too safe during roof work. Therefore, be sure you follow our safety guidelines and have a carefree inspection. Whether you’re working on your roof or helping a neighbor, be sure you go through all the safety precautions and ensure the work goes without any injuries.
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