Commercial Roofing: Safety for Employees and Visitors Just as you should be responsible for proper maintenance of your own home, you should also concern yourself with keeping your employees and visitors safe while they are working on your roof. As you probably won’t be up on the roof inspecting the roofing crew and their crew, it is important that you engage a reliable, qualified, and trustworthy contractor who takes safety very seriously and who actively communicates with you regarding safety precautions and preventive measures. Below are some important safety risks associated with commercial roofing.
* Heat Spikes this is a hazard that affects all roofing crews, no matter what their experience level. Roofs can reach extreme temperatures during the day and nighttime. Asphalt shingles break down and can even explode during high winds. This is particularly true in colder climates where asphalt roofs may not be deemed to be the most durable choice. Asphalt roofs may also provide more traction for workers. However, workers and visitors should be advised to limit exposure to heat during this time.
* Falls/Risks From Flailing/apse even if the asphalt shingles are the safest choice, there are still inherent hazards within any building structure. Asphalt roofs are built by applying weight to the entire surface, which usually breaks the tiles and creates gaps between them. If the roofers are not following safety guidelines, they can stumble upon the gap and fall to the ground. Even falling from the upper stories can create significant injuries or even death. If you choose to use this service, be sure to employ only well-trained, certified professionals and workers.
* Slip And Fall the third most common rooftop safety hazards. Roofers often work with a limited amount of space to work. During the day, temperatures can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is enough to cause slips and trips. If you have loose tiles or missing ones, you must install them so that you can prevent any potential falls.
* Personal Protective Equipment the fourth most common hazard. Roofers who work with hot tar or other dangerous materials often must protect themselves from burns. To do this, they must use personal protective equipment such as gloves and goggles. If a roofer is exposed to hot tar and realizes that it’s starting to burn, they should remove themselves immediately and place protective clothing over their body.
The fifth most common risk factor is falling snow or ice. Roofers should take care when working on roofs that are higher than six feet. For some jobs, workers may have to deal with snow and ice in the winter months. It can be dangerous to perform these tasks without using personal protective equipment.