First of all, what you should watch out for when working on roofs:

  1. Fall Hazards: Always watch out for fall hazards when working at heights.
  2. Power Tools: Ensure your team is properly trained to handle power tools and that they are not defective.
  3. Electricity: Conduct regular electrical safety checks to identify and control possible causes of electrocution to prevent accidents.
  4. Hazardous substances: Check for substances that may harm workers on-site and take appropriate action including proper storage and safe handling of hazardous substances.
  5. Extreme temperatures: Have your team perform an equipment check before your shift to decide whether you should commence work for the day.

Now that you’re aware of the Hazards, here’s a list of the equipment you need to avoid Fall Hazards when working on Heights:

  • Anchor Points.
  • Static Lines.
  • Access Ladders.
  • Access Hatches.
  • Guardrails.
  • Walkways.
  • Step Ladders.
  • Modular Platforms.

Top 10 Height Safety Tips:

  1. Always begin with your Pre-Start Talk:
    Make sure you always conduct a 5-10 minute pre-start talk with all workers before commencing work on a rooftop. Discuss common hazards present (like the common hazards above), assess the condition of the work area, confirm that proper permits have been secured, and encourage the team to verbalize the safety tips to follow.
  2. Work only during good weather conditions and avoid extreme heat/cold:
    Not only does extreme weather cause slips and falls, it can also hinder proper execution of roofing work (roof shingles not sealing down). A wet roof is also a huge risk for slips and falls.
  3. Ladders should be stable and properly secured or tied off:
    Always make sure that there are enough ladders for the job and that they’re all safe to use. Check your ladders for safety as some of them may need repair or replacement to prevent fatal accidents or injuries.
  4. Wear proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment):
    Wearing proper PPE such as helmets, shoes with traction, and fall protection harnesses can help save you when slips and falls occur. Perform regular PPE checks to ensure your team is properly equipped.
  5. Carefully position ropes and extension cords so they’re not underfoot:
    When not properly handled, ropes and cords not only hinder workers’ movements, they can also cause fatal accidents. Always follow proper use of ropes, cords, and safety harnesses.
  6. Sweep the roof before and after work and make sure it is clear of dirt and debris:
    One random nail can cause slips while snow or leaves can hide areas of the roof that should be visible to workers. Always keep the roof clean and free of items that can cause accidents or materials that can hinder visibility of the roof.
  7. Use guardrails whenever possible:
    Guardrails serve as a visual and physical barrier which protect workers from falls. It reduces the risk of injury and death from working on roofs.
  8. Skylights should be guarded appropriately:
    Skylights and other openings on roofs should be properly covered and labeled with visible warning signs to prevent workers from leaning on or falling into them.
  9. Be careful of slate and tile roofs:
    Slate and tile roofing is a major slip hazard. Always make sure that workers are properly trained and have enough experience to work on slate and tile roofs.
  10. Signage should be visible in your work area:
    People around the work area should always be made aware of roofing work in the vicinity by using visible warning signs to prevent injury or accidents with staff working on site or from falling debris.

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