Roofing Safety in Three Easy Steps

Whether you work on a roof or hire someone to do it for you, knowing the basics of roofing safety is essential. Falls are routinely the biggest danger in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Let’s take a look at how these mishaps might be avoided during a roofing installation.

While we usually identify roof falls with those that occur around the perimeter, they can also happen due to things like impromptu scaffolding, skylights, and incorrect ladder use. Employers can avoid falls by following the three OSHA fall prevention steps: plan, provide, and train.

Plan ahead of time to ensure that the project is completed safely.

Employers should be aware of the equipment that may be required to safely accomplish each project work. Consider the tasks that will be required to finish the project. What safety equipment would be required in light of this?

Ensure that the appropriate equipment is available.

At the job site, employers must offer proper safety equipment for their employees. A Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS), such as a harness, can be used in roofing. Different types of ladders, scaffolding, and guardrail systems may be required for different jobs. All given safety equipment should be inspected on a regular basis, and PFAS should be correctly installed.

Instruct everyone on how to properly use the safety equipment.

It’s not enough to have the right safety gear if your staff doesn’t know how to use it. Employers must train workers to spot hazards and use the equipment provided on the job site effectively. Employees are in charge of adhering to the safety recommendations they are given.

To prevent falls in the construction industry, OSHA encourages a National Safety Stand-Down. More information about fall prevention awareness can be found here:

www.osha.gov/stopfallsstanddown

www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/construction/focus four/falls/falls ig.pdf

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