Why learning Roof Safety is Important 

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You may not be aware of every detail about roof safety. Working on a roof can be extremely dangerous if you do not follow safety precautions correctly. The equipment can be dangerous, and you are working at a substantial height.

We have heard of far too many workers who have been seriously injured. Some have even died in accidents. You should not have any trouble learning the correct safety precautions for working on a roof. There are a lot of questions regarding roof safety. Most of them were regarding the most dangerous potential hazards faced by roofers. I consider some of these hazards obvious, where others are most likely easy for you to miss.

We have found one of the greatest dangers is an unstable roof. Before you place your weight on any roof, I highly recommend thoroughly checking the roof. Look for areas that are falling apart and rotten spots. Have you ever seen you roof bow due to changes in the weather? Take a good look at the underlayment before you proceed to ensure you remain safe. You need to pay close attention to your equipment.

Make sure you have the correct fall protection gear. We have seen serious falls because someone did not secure their harness. Have you ever wondered if you ladder was safe? Prior to beginning work on your roof, make certain you ladder is completely secure. The feet and top of your ladder must be stable or you are risking a fall. According to EagleView, falling from ladders results in numerous injuries and deaths every single year. Securing your ladder can prevent a nasty fall.

Have you ever wondered if the weather impacted your safety? The answer is yes. If you are experiencing snow, ice or wind, do not work on your roof. You will be compromising your own safety.

No matter which type of material your roof is constructed of, it can become slippery. If you have a membrane roof, it will become more slippery than any other type. Before you decide to work on your roof, we recommend checking your local weather. Many people believe a fall from a split-level roof is nothing to worry about. we want you to know this is not true. I have seen roofers seriously injured because they fell to a lower level. You need to take the same precautions.

If your roof has a steep pitch, the danger is greater. It is much easier to fall from a pitched roof than a flat roof. I recommend using fall protection gear to make certain you remain safe. One of the most important roofing safety rules is to look for holes including skylights. If your roof is damaged, there may be holes you do not immediately see. Protect yourself with the proper equipment to prevent a potentially serious fall.

We recommend always being aware of where the edge of your roof is. If you are distracted for any reason, you may fall before you realize what is happening. The edge of your roof presents a clear danger.
If you have a chimney,  take even more care while on your roof. Anything blocking your view is a potential hazard. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.



Your Ladder is Critical to Your Safety


Make certain you are using a ladder meeting your local codes. Prior to doing any work, carefully examine your ladder. If your ladder is damaged, purchase a new one. Never use a makeshift ladder.

Your ladder must be placed on a level and solid footing. We recommend watching the YouTube video  here. The video will show you the most important safety concerns regarding ladders and working on your roof.

Either use a plywood brace or tie off you ladder at the top. Use something heavy to anchor your ladder or drive stakes directly into the ground. Your ladder should be placed against something solid.

Your ladder should extend above your roof by 36 inches. This will give you something secure to hold onto while moving from your roof to your ladder. For every four feet you are elevated, your ladder should extend by one foot.
For your safety, we recommend facing your ladder when climbing. Do not try to skip any of the rungs. Sliding down your ladder can result in a fall. Always have a minimum of three contact points with your ladder.

Use the rails as opposed to the rungs when moving up or down your ladder. Never overload your ladder or leave it unattended for even a short period of time.

Preventing yourself from becoming ill due to heat


According to Gaf, you should never begin work on your roof unless you have checked your weather first. If there is wind, snow or freezing rain in your forecast, do not work on your roof.

Make certain you have a lot of water available and break often. Your roof can reach temperatures above 170 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not protect yourself from the heat you are risking your life.

Without immediate medical assistance, you may not survive. Victims with illnesses related to heat have a mortality rate of 20 percent. If you experience excessive sweating, fatigue, nausea or confusion, seek medical attention immediately.

Roofing safety rules mandate you stop working before you suffer from severe heat exhaustion or dangerous heat stroke.


The Importance of Understanding the Dangers of Falling

Falls result in death and serious injury for roofers. According to  Heidler, six roofers in the United States lose their lives every month due to a fall.

We strongly recommend taking the steps to minimize falls and slips including:

• Do not work if your roof is wet
• Wear boots with soft soles for the best possible traction
• Be careful of skylights
• Set up your ladder correctly
• Make certain your work area is as free of debris, tools and dirt as possible
• Use safety equipment including guardrails, a safety net and a harness-lanyard system


Taking Extreme Precautions with Nail Guns

Nail gun is a type of weapon. We recommend handling your nail gun with extreme care. Never disengage or tie back your safety.

Do not use your gun until it is on the material you are fastening. Your nail gun should be inspected and well lubricated. Using your body as a rest for your gun can cause a misfire. Take extreme caution when using air-power.

We recommend using only dry and clean compressed air. Once you have completed your work, disconnect your air supply. If your tool becomes jammed, do not try to fix it. Take your gun to a professional for repair.

Always inspect your hoses for leaks or breaks. Remember, you can easily trip over your hoses. You gun should be properly maintained and cleaned. Never point a nail gun at anyone including yourself.

Keeping Your Work Area Clean is Critical

Your work area should be clean, organized and inaccessible to your pets and kids. Be aware of all dangerous sites including unsafe accesses on your roof, power lines and cesspools.

Understanding Electrical Safety Can Save Your Life

Electricity can move in an arc several feet from the wire. If there are power lines near your roof, your ladder should be made of fiberglass or wood to make certain it is unable to conduct electricity.

Make certain your tools and hands do not come into contact with the wires. If there are electrical wires running directly over your roof, your local power company will inspect your wires. If necessary, your wires will be professionally insulated.

You are responsible for your own safety while working on your roof. Do not underestimate the danger of electrical wires.

Handling Your Materials Correctly

You need to have a plan for how you will handle all of your materials. When you have to lift something heavy, use your legs and bend at your knees. If you bend at your waist, the excess pressure on your back can result in a painful injury.

According to Roofing Contractors, many individuals are unaware how many materials must be moved. Only move one bundle at a time to avoid excess weight on your body.

Carrying too many materials at the same time is not safe for your roof or your ladder. I recommend a ladder hoist system or a ladder lift. Store you materials as close to your roof as possible to save time.

Remaining Safe When Using Your Hammer

I recommend wearing eye protection every time you use your hammer. If you do not hit your nails correctly, they can fly back and injure your eyes. If the head or handle of your hammer cracks, throw it away.

If your hammer is made of steel, do not strike steel objects. Make certain the head of your hammer has not mushroomed before beginning.

Understanding the Potential Dangers of Your Utility Knife


Cut with your knife away from your body. Make certain your other hand is not in a position where you may be cut. The worst thing you can do is use a dull blade because you will have to use unnecessary force.

You should replace your blade often. To prevent an accidental injury, store your blade while retracted. The safest blade is auto-retracting.

Always Have a Good Plan


No two jobs will be exactly the same. Prior to beginning your work, make certain you know exactly what you need to do. Look for any safety issues on your roof and address anything your find.

We strongly recommend paying attention to every detail. Look for weak spots on your roof, electrical lines and determine the best location for storing your supplies. Have steps you intend to follow for both efficiency and safety.

Your main priority should be safety. You plan should include keeping everyone in your home and on the ground safe at all times.

If you find any issues, flag them off. Take care of these issues before you begin working on your roof. Roofing safety rules emphasize containing the loose debris. Your initial plan will most likely change as you are working.

Your safety measures can change due to the condition of your roof, the weather and the need to fix new issues. You will need to make changes as they become necessary.

Factors to consider when choosing a snow removal rake

1. Length

When choosing the right rake, it is vital to consider the height of your roof in relation to the length of its handle. Snow removal rakes are extendable, so you should look at the maximum extension length of the handle.

However, most rakes are not very useful when extended to their full length; hence you should choose one that you don't have to stretch to its full extent to reach your roof.

2. Design

​The design of the rake significantly affects its comfort ability and effectiveness. It is better to choose a rake with a design that offers a good grip and doesn't get stuck on your roof edge. Also, rakes can cause damage to your roof shingles; hence you should choose one that won't damage your roof.

Curve-bladed and wheeled rakes are the best at protecting your roof.

3. Weight

​The weight of the rake has great significance on the level of comfort it provides and proper handling. Heavy rakes are very uncomfortable to use and also make you fatigued. You should go for a lightweight rake, but be sure to check the materials it is made of as a material like wood breaks when subjected to a lot of weight.

4. Durability

​Nobody wants to see their money go down the drain; hence you should consider buying a rake that doesn't break or rust. Rakes with aluminum handles and polyethylene are the most durable as they are not susceptible to rust and breakage.

Conclusion

Having a Full Understanding of Roof Safety

We attempted to cover the most common areas of roof safety presenting the greatest dangers. Your most important tool is your common sense. If your intuition is telling you there is an issue, there probably is. You should now understand ladder and tool safety, the importance of being aware of your surroundings including the edge of your roof and power lines and why weather is a critical factor for all roof work.

Understanding how to set up and use your ladder correctly can prevent a dangerous fall. Be aware of the angle of your roof, where you are placing your feet and what anyone working with you is doing at all times.

Underestimating the importance of safety precautions is not only dangerous, but it can also cost you your life. No repair is worth your life. If you are afraid to work on your roof because you have no experience or training, we recommend calling a pro. Following the safety precautions outlined in this article will help keep you safe. The most important step you can take is ensuring you are always aware of your surroundings so you can spot any potential issues before they become dangerous.

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