Workplace Safety Guides

   Setting Up a Siding Job


Determine the best location for beginning the job and establishing a scrap pile. The fall protection work plan addresses the method of overhead protection for anyone in and around the area. Informing others on the site about the work being performed is necessary. Posting signs helps to warn others that could come into the area. Post signs if they have not been posted by other workers.

When siding, make sure to use: electrical cords and Y-connectors in good condition, eye protection, guards on power saws that are operable and in good condition, pneumatic nailer muzzle guards, properly guarded compressor, a hard hat, and proper foot protection.

Once the siding has completed as much as can safely be reached from the ground, it will now be necessary to construct scaffolding. This process usually requires access to the roof, to attach safety lines and install scaffold brackets. Workers want to make sure to carefully plan how they are going to safely get to, and from, the roof. In many cases, a ladder in good condition, and properly set up, provides safe access. Ladder safety is one of the most important areas of siding safety.

Setting up the ladder is the first step. Select the best location for placing the ladder. Be aware of soft ground areas, slippery surfaces, and overhead lines. Place the ladder in a location where it will help provide the safest access for the sider to safely tie off. Check the base of the ladder. The ladder base should be free of debris. The ladder must only be used on stable and level surfaces, and not be placed on soft ground. The angle of the ladder should be a 1-to-4 ratio. The ladder is required to extend at least three feet above the working surface, so the worker has something to grasp for balance, while getting on and off the ladder.

The areas at the top and bottom of the ladder must be kept clear of materials and debris. Secure the ladder to prevent movement or accidental displacement. There are different ways to secure the bottom of the ladder. One way is to drive stakes near the base of the ladder, and secure the side rails to the stakes. Another way would be to dig holes for the base of the ladder. Some ladders are equipped with self-securing spikes. The top of the ladder must also be secure.

The rungs of the ladder should be kept free of mud and oil to prevent slipping while climbing the ladder. This will also keep the roof free from mud and debris. When accessing the roof, go immediately to the anchor point, and tie off. Attach additional safety lines that may be needed. Install the brackets according to manufacturer's recommendations.

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