Safety should be your #1 priority in any situation, and roof work should be no exception.
In order to ensure that whoever is working on your roof is doing so following the proper safety procedures. The following safety areas need to be addressed:
• Use professional ladders that are up to code and NEVER use a damaged or makeshift ladder.
• Set up your ladder properly on solid ground. Make sure the ladder is extended 36 inches above the roof or ledge you will be climbing on to have a secure location to climb on.
• Tie the ladder off at the top to secure it will not move or have a spotter holding it in place at the bottom.
• Make sure it’s against a solid backing and always climb it properly without overloading it.
• NEVER set up ladders around electrical wires or boxes!
• Electricity can still effect your ladder even from several feet away. Take this into account when finding a secure place to set up your ladder.
• If you need to work near wires, make sure that you are using a ladder made of wood or fiberglass so that it is not conductive.
• It is also important that your electrical wires are regularly inspected and/or insulated by your electrical company.
Falls: Professional Roofing magazine says that about 6 roofers die from falling each month. Many of these cases can be avoided if proper precautions are adhered to.
• Be sure to follow proper ladder set up and use.
• If the roof is wet, do NOT work on it.
• Wear proper and safe footwear.
• Use a safety harness, guardrails, and a net
• ALWAYS wear a helmet.
• Keep your area free from dirt and debris.
• Overall, your work area needs to be free of clutter and clean. For the safety of children and pet, there needs to be a several-foot radius blocked off around all ladders and items in use.
• Be sure to make dangerous areas such as: unsafe roof access areas, underground dangers, protrusions, and hazardous power lines aware to all adults and children.
• Never use broken or dull nails, hammers, or knives.
• Properly store tools that are not in use so that they may not become a safety threat.
Roofers and families can avoid a lot of serious injuries and even death in roofing when following the proper procedures. Make sure your roofer is safe and that you, as a homeowner are aware with roofing safety and don’t trust just any roofing company with such a large investment. The contractors at Chase Roofing are celebrated for their quality service and professional workmanship and will safely, efficiently, and trustfully assist you in all your roofing needs.