Safety is critical when doing your roofing project.
Read on to find out how you can prevent serious injuries while enjoying your work.
Ensure the area is clear of any pets, children, power lines, underground hazards like cesspools, and unsafe access to the roof.
To prevent slipping ensure:
a. The roof is dry. You have appropriate rubber-soled boots for the best grip. If the roof is too steep, have a harness – You protect yourself against head injuries by having a proper helmet
Safety of Your Ladder• The ladder you use must always conform to local safety codes • Make sure the ladder must be firmly fixed• Secure the top of the ladder by rope or a plywood brace, with at least 36 inches above the roof landing • Climb the ladder properly• Ensure the ladder is never left unattended at any given time and keep away metal ladders away from electrical installations.
Always use a non-conductive ladder when working next to electrical facilities and never touch such electrical components with any tool during your roofing.
If too dangerous, call the power company for advice.
Safety of the Hammer
Always protect your eyes when using the hammer and ensure you hit nails squarely to reduce the risk of them flying back.
Safety When Using Power Tools
Take extra care when using a pneumatic nail gun, the safety lock should be working and never disengage or tie it back. When using the air power, ensure the air is clean and dry and disconnect as soon as finished.
Safety of the Utility KnifeKeep the blade sharp so as to use minimum force to prevent slipping, and always cut away from you.
When Handling Materials
Carry one bundle of material at a given time and never use your back, use your legs. The materials should be as close to the roof as possible.
For more information on roofing safety, here are some online sources:For the US, review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
If in Canada, use the Canada’s Centre For Occupational Health and Safety. Construction Solutions also provides information on roofing, demolition, and safety.
Safety of Tools and Equipment
Here are some essential tools and equipment:
Carpenter’s level, caulking gun, chisel, clamp, air compressor, claw hammer, combination square, circular saw, clean up cloth, finish hammer, electric drill, hacksaw, framing hammer, magnet, roofing shovel, screwdriver set, shingle cutter, tape measure, wrench set, utility knife and tin snips.
Safety Equipment Have, at least, the following for your safety: Eye protection, ladder stabilizer, guardrails, netting, roofing brackets, scaffolding, rope, harness and heavy duty gloves.
Roofing ConditionsHave a harness for extremely steep roofs, never work in extreme heat or cold. Make sure the material you use is appropriate for the roof.
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This was a guest post provided to the Berwyn by Jamie Burley Flat Roofers