Any work that has done in a position elevated above the level ground is risky, from cell towers to water tanks and roofs (both flat roofs and pitched ones). Are you thinking of undertaking a roofing project any time soon? The associated risk factors should never be overlooked otherwise you may end up with regrets. Safety measures when installing a flat roof are as important as installing any other type of roofing since they protect you from the imminent hazards associated with elevated work, as well as protects the integrity of your ob. The very basic precautions such as proper personal protective equipment (PPE), fall protection measures, and strict adherence to safety standards is of paramount importance.
Leading construction experts say roof work is responsible for 20% of construction deaths. These are professionals, but the statistic is too high because even a single casualty is too much. Now, consider high this number can be when the job is being undertaken by amateur roofers! There is a need to adequately prepare the workmen and thoroughly install safety nets, measures, and guidelines before commencing any work.
Below we highlight key safety issues that you should address as you carry out work on a flat roof. Remember, safety comes first whether on the ground or above ground.
Use of Fall protection Barrier
Eave barriers, parapet walls, railings, and toe boards are some equipment you can use to protect yourself from falls. These work as barriers, as well as demarcating the edges of the roof you are working on. Equipment and machinery used during installing, repairing, or maintaining a roof include felt-layers which you pull backward, hence the need to have fall barriers. Do not operate such machinery within 3 feet of the edge. In the absence of these barriers, you can install warning lines around the whole roof are you are working on. You can decide to demarcate each area you will be specifically working on. Place your warning lines between a 50cm or 1metre away from the roof's edge.
Clearly Mark Risky Areas
Not all the roof can support the weight of a human being. Before commencing your work, make sure you establish a clear route for moving your equipment around. Mark and highlight places that need special attention. Demarcate where the skylight window is located and other painted windows so that people know which areas to avoid.
Check Overhead Wires
Many workers have made the fatal error of only focusing on the falling hazards when working at heights. However, there are other installations that exist up there which also pose a serious hazard. Check where the electricity lines are. These are dangerous, especially when your work involves the carrying of ladders and other long, metallic objects.
Always communicate clearly whilst on the job. Have your workforce trained and make sure they follow the established safety guidelines – this calls for good supervision. Everyone must understand what is going on and their specific role within the team. Tragedy strikes when we least expect it, and that could be one little lapse in concentration.
Use Approved Safety Gear
Workers must have proper work gear. This includes rubber-soled safety shoes that provided traction, good grip, and protection. Safety harnesses help keep the workers on the roof –or at least dangling – in case of a fall. Good fitting clothes are important as baggy clothes can catch on some equipment or objects, causing you to stumble or fall.
Working on the roof means you have the sun directly on you, especially in summer. It is important to take regular breaks and keep yourself hydrated. Too much heat causes dizziness and that is deadly when working on the rooftop.
Do Not use Faulty Equipment
Make sure all your equipment is working well. Your ladders must be of the desired height and strength. Where tool calibration is required, always check for the standard lapse period for the calibration and adhere to the set standards.
A professional company like Wolfenburg insures to follow all safety procedures to minimize risk. Having experienced workers on our team allows us to get the job done safely and efficiently. Contact us today for a free quote.