Roofing Installation Saftey And Guidelines

Roofing Installation Saftey And Guidelines
Roofs are precarious locations. They are positioned at high levels off the ground, generating all kinds of undesirable conditions which can occur during a roof installation. With a few safety precautions and a thorough knowledge of the safety laws in home construction, you can still install your roof effectively while remaining in one piece.

Fall Through accidents are by far the most dangerous and common construction accidents. This is usually caused by the lack of a safety harness or the improper usage of one. Safety harnesses have a reputation for constricting roofers and inhibiting them from constructing roofs effectively, however they are made to allow you to move freely. Once the harness rope is on, it should be tied to a heavy object on the other side so that it can keep the rope steady while the harness is in use.

Other safety precautions include: wearing rubber-soled construction boots,long pants, limiting hours of operation to only daylight, using hardhats and ear plugs to protect the ears from high noise levels. Roofs with asphalt shingles have plenty of traction on them, so there is no reason you can’t find shoes that will stick properly. Furthermore, rubber-soled boots are cool because they create great traction on roofs. Wearing long pants is essential because you will have to do some crawling along the roof and will need to protect your body against any protruding material.

Bringing us to our next important point: be sure your roofs are clean and level! Avoid leaving tools and nails lying around and make sure the sheathing is perfectly level as you nail in the roofing material. Working across the roof is more effective than working top to bottom, or vice-versa. This will also help avoid self-injury.

Because roofing contractors can be hired with and without any regard for certified training in safety, most homeowners do not consider any of this, simply because they assume the contractors know best and will instruct their labor team accordingly. Truthfully, all roofing contractors should be using safe techniques and working under the safest conditions possible. Many safety precautions should be taken by professionals such as: roof jacks, cleats, perimeter rails, catchers and the previous features listed above. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration outlines the requirement of creating a fall protection plan for employers who work in hazardous construction projects, meaning all those employed in roof installation projects should have a contingency plan in the event of a fall, ready and prepared before the project begins in order to protect their safety.

Tony Fliven is a home improvement writer and blogger with a passion for roofing.

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