Workplace Safety Guides

   Planning for Safe Roof Work


Even experienced roofers who make a good living and enjoy doing quality work know that roofing is dangerous work. Just when you think nothing can go wrong, it will. Many roofers have "taken a tumble," and had they not been properly tied off they could have lost their livelihood, or even their lives. Roofers love their families and want to return home safe at night. Working safe doesn't take long. You don't have to sacrifice safety to do quality work and make a profit.

This group of articles is dedicated to the residential construction work force, with the intent being to help provide employees and employers with the tools to make the residential workplace productive and safe. Included are examples of ways to meet safety requirements. In addition to the safety requirements reviewed in these articles, there are a number of other safety-related requirements that employers must follow in order to provide a safe workplace for employees.

For example, the construction employer is required to provide a safety program tailored to the operation and types of hazards involved, safety meetings to address the needs and safety of the job, first aid training and kits, a portable kit for transient or short duration jobs, and personal protective equipment necessary to do the job safely. For more information on programs, equipment, and any other matters related to workplace safety and health, or if you need a copy of OSHA's safety standards for construction work, please contact your local labor and industries office.

There are a number of code requirements you'll learn about, as well as how to work safely during the roofing phase of residential construction. The areas to be discussed are: job prep, walk around safety inspection, ladder safety/safe access, anchorages, roofing, and job completion.

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