Working on a roof involves a number of risks. That’s why all roofing professionals are trained in roofing risk prevention. However, this is not the case for amateurs who want to climb on their roofs on their own. We present today the essential safety measures for roofing work to help you avoid the smallest accident.
Use the right equipment
If you want to do professional work, you must have professional equipment! Wear protective clothing and consider purchasing a carpenter’s belt when doing roofing work. You may also need a roof edge protection. You will also have to wear non-slip work clothes and shoes. Remember to require the use of a helmet on the job site. If someone is assisting you, such as holding the ladder, they should be wearing a hard hat.
Get a quality ladder
A ladder is an essential piece of equipment when working on a roof. Climbing onto a roof without a ladder is unthinkable. If your ladder is not high enough to access the roof, don’t try any acrobatic exercises! It is preferable to purchase a roofer’s ladder or to equip your ladder with a stabilizer. Remember to secure the ladder to a solid anchor point for added security. Of course, you should avoid putting the ladder against a shaky support, such as the gutter. Remember that many falls during roofing work occur from the ladder, not from the roof.
Watch the weather
When working on your roof, bad weather is not your friend. When it’s raining or windy, never go up on your roof. If it is raining or has recently rained, your roof covering will be slippery and thus impassable. Winds can catch you off guard and knock you down. Remember that wind force is greater on the roof than on the ground. Finally, avoid working directly in the sun (early morning or mid-afternoon is best). You don’t want to get sick while working on your roof!
Work in pairs
Another important basic safety rule for roofing work is to work in pairs. It is very dangerous to climb on your roof without telling anyone. In the event of an accident, you may be unable to summon assistance. Work in pairs is the best way to do it. Your partner can help you hold the ladder or carry the necessary material. You will avoid unnecessary trips from the roof to the ground, and you will be assured of assistance in the event of an accident. Of course, you should never climb the roof with more than one person. Keep in mind that tiles are not intended to support heavy loads.
Avoid fragile roofs
The final fundamental safety rule is to never climb on a shaky roof. Check the strength of a roof before climbing on it to ensure it can support you. Contact a roofing specialist if you are unsure or need to work on an old roof. Also, only climb on a roof if absolutely necessary. There’s no reason to put yourself in danger if you don’t have to. The best way to avoid danger is simply not to climb on a roof!
To put it in a nutshell, the main causes of these accidents include the lack of adapted and safe equipment, lack of organization of tasks, lack of training and awareness, the use of ladders, stepladders, steps as a work station, or even the use of equipment in poor condition. To avoid this, protective measures against falls from height must be put in place, regardless of the height at which the agent is located, if the danger cannot be eliminated.