WHEN UP ON YOUR ROOF, HOW WILL YOU STAY SAFE?
Safety should be your number on priority for yourself and for everyone in your company. Management should look out for the safety of their employees, and employees should look out for the safety of their coworkers. Safety is everyone’s job and we all have to work together to stay safe. You should do things preemptively to ensure safety before you get on the roof, but how can you ensure safety when you get on your roof?
Use the Walkways
If you have walkways installed on your roof, that is the safety place to walk. You will have better grip on the roof as you walk, the walkways keep you away from the edge, and you’re less likely to damage the roof should you drop a tool or piece of equipment. Make a commitment to yourself to always walk on the walkways when possible, and to encourage everyone around you to do the same. It can really increase overall roof safety.
Wear Proper Footwear
Making sure you have good work boots that fit, have good tread remaining, and are tied tightly are crucial to working safely. Wearing improper footwear is recognized by OSHA as a leading cause of slips, trips, and falls, This is such an easy thing to do, just wear good shoes!
Stay Clear of the Edge
If there aren’t walkways or if you need venture off the walkways, make sure you stay clear of the edge unless you are tied off. Even when tied off, don’t go near the edge unnecessarily If you must go near the edge, you should be tied off every time, and you should finish your task and then go back to the middle of the roof. It seems like you’ll never fall off the roof, but people do it every day. Don’t become a statistic, just stay away from the edge whenever possible.
Work in Pairs
When you’re working on the roof, you’re focused on what you’re doing. You have to look at what your hands are doing, or the hose you’re pulling across the roof. If you’re carrying equipment, you’re just focused on that. When you get too focused on the task at hand, it’s easy to forget where the edge is. If you can’t tie off, then you should have a safety monitor who isn’t doing any work and is only focused on keeping everyone else away from danger.
Tie Yourself Off
Lastly, tying yourself off on your roof will prevent falls and keep you safe. If you have high parapet walls or guardrails, you don’t need to be tied off. But if you’re on a roof without these safety measures and have to go near the edge, tie yourself off. Falling is such a threat to everyone’s life and health on the roof, tying off is an easy way to prevent it.
Utilizing safety measures before getting on your roof is important. In addition to preparation, you also have to do certain things once on your roof. If you’d like to learn more about how you can remain safe on your roof, give us a call today. We have dedicated safety personnel who are happy to help our customers stay safe.