|Safety Meeting Topics (Bilingual)|
Worker safety is important on any construction job. Working on roofs is no exception. Falls account for more serious injuries and deaths in construction than anything else. Accidents occur not only to those building roofs, but also people maintaining, cleaning, demolishing and inspecting roofs. Any work on a roof is a risk. The nature of the precautions needed to work safe may vary from one job to another, but not providing safeguards is unacceptable.
There are several factors that contribute to avoidable accidents while working on roofs.
Considerations for roof work
Fragile Roof - A fragile roof is one that does not safely support the weight of a person. Fragility of a roof does not depend on the composition of the roof material. A fragile roof may be caused by; thickness of the material, span between supports, or the age of the material. The fragility of a roof should be determined prior to work starting.
Slate and Tile Roofs - Slate and tiles do not provide a safe footing, especially when wet. Properly designed roof ladders or crawling boards need to be installed to work safely on these types of roofs.
Torch Applied Roofs - Torch applied roofing operations can be hazardous. Roofers may sustain serious burns from the torch or the asphalt being applied. In addition, temperatures generated during torching can start smoldering fires out of sight, only to burst into flame later. Take all appropriate fire precautions when performing this type of work.
Welding Thermoplastic Roof Membrane - The systems to conduct this type of work use electricity to heat the membranes, welding them together. Burns and electrocution are potential hazards with this type of equipment.
Safe Work Practices
The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.
Copyright © 2000-2013 State Compensation Insurance Fund