Commercial roof safety involves more than making sure no one tumbles to the ground. While that is certainly important, an effective safety plan also encompasses watching out for fellow workers and unsuspecting pedestrians below, using tools cautiously, and protecting roof components from damage while anyone walks on the surface. Follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe on your roof.
Have a Plan
Assess the risks of every project prior to mobilizing and discuss the identified risks and mitigation actions with the crew on site to ensure all team members are aware and aligned. Determine what type of edge warning system will be required and ensure it is in place from the start of the project.
Limit Roof Access
Only trained and experienced persons should be provided access to the roof during a project. Provide guidance and supervision for all employees while carrying out their duties.
Avoid Hazardous Weather Conditions
Rain, cold, and sleet increase the likelihood of people slipping or dropping heavy items. Modern roof systems are also exceeding slippery when wet, so morning dew and frost are slip hazards to be aware of.
Wear Suitable Clothes and Safe Footwear
Dress in close-fitting, long sleeved clothing to avoid hooking onto anything while protecting skin from abrasions. You should also wear rubber-soled, steel-toed shoes for traction and protection.
Use Appropriate Ladders
If you need a ladder for access, choose one that is tall enough to extend three feet above the roof edge and provide a firm, level support on the ground. All ladders should be securely tied off.
Protect People Below the Work Region
Close off the section under the area of the roof where installations or repairs are taking place. This will protect bystanders from falling debris.
Clean the Roof Before Work Begins
Sweep the surface free of gravel, dirt, and debris from overhanging trees and recent storms. Clearly mark any hazards on the roof.
Performing Roof Perimeter Work
Team members working outside the edge warning system should be fully and properly tied off using a compliant and recently inspected harness. If full tie-off is not possible, a safety monitor needs to be activated to protect against team member fall risk.
Keep Tools and Equipment Safe
Maintain a careful inventory of tools and equipment to prevent their being dropped or becoming a trip hazard. Tie off larger tools when working at roof edges or in a steep slope condition.
Contact the Professionals
If you would like to schedule a safety inspection for your commercial roof, contact Innovative Roofing Group by calling 404-594-6038 or emailing us today. Our team of experienced professionals are ready to take care of all your roofing needs.