Roofing can be an exciting but dangerous business—to inexperienced homeowners or amateur roofers, that is. DIYers armed with YouTube tutorials often charge up there with no idea how to keep themselves safe. With that in mind, what exactly can you do to keep yourself safe? What are the specific guidelines for roofing safety?
While we do not expect you to do any roofing project on your own due to the job’s inherent danger, Empire Roofing and More explains you how professional roofers observe safety while performing their duties.
A Safe Work Area
One of the musts when it comes to roofing safety is a safe work area. It’s always in the best interest of a worker to keep the worksite clean and organized to prevent any incidents.
Avoid Working on a Wet Roof
Sometimes, your roof needs that immediate patch job, especially if a powerful hurricane has just blown through your area. Most roofing companies, ours included, won’t let our crew make the trip to an area where the storm is still raging, but we will be there after the storm has passed for emergency fixes. In any case, avoid working on a wet roof for obvious reasons.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
Another way for a home remodeler to keep themselves safe is by wearing the proper equipment on the job. From safe footwear to a safety lanyard, what you wear while working may spell the difference between injury and doing the job well.
Observe Ladder Safety
This is something you can’t avoid as most states require the usage of ladders that conform to the proper codes. Using damaged or makeshift ladders are out of the question. Workmen should also avoid leaving ladders unattended, especially if there are children nearby.
There are various ways to practice material and hardware safety. For instance, roofers worth their salt will always wear eye protection and gloves when using any tool. Another is cutting away from yourself when using a utility knife.
To learn more about our services and how we practice safety, call us at (412) 618-4729. You can also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Pittsburgh, PA, and other nearby areas.