How to Make Your Roof Safer for Roofing Contractors

Roofing can be dangerous work. Roofing contractors have some tricks to keep themselves from falling to their deaths, or a the very least, from serious bodily harm. You, as a home or building owner, can actually help roofing contractors and their crews remain safe any time you have them work on your roof. Here are a few things you can do to help make their jobs safer.

Limit the Number of Vertical Metal and Wood Lawn Decorations 

Homeowners are especially guilty of this. Getting carried away with lawn ornaments is entirely a personal choice, and an unusual one for commercial properties. However, these ornaments and decorations can pose a serious risk for any roofer that slips and takes a tumble off the roof.

The upright ornaments placed within four feet of the side of the house or building can turn into impalement objects if the roofer or crew member falls quickly and hard. If you want a few lawn ornaments, consider placing them farther away from the house or building, or utilizing flowers and shrubbery as decoration instead. If you have to have a vertically erect statue or decoration, place it at the corner of the building or house where is is less likely for a roofer to land on it.

De-Ice the Roof Regularly in Winter

While roof repair in winter is rare, it does happen, especially if the weight of snow and ice causes an old roof to collapse inward. If you need a roofer and his/her crew's help in winter, you want to be sure they will not slip on ice patches up there. De-ice the roof regularly during the cold months so that the roofing crew's boots have something to grip while they work on the roof.

Consider Installing Fail-Safe Hooks

This safety measure works best on commercial roofs, but some residential roofs can use it too. Fail-safe hooks are eye-hooks (i.e., rounded end hooks) that are bolted into the ledges of commercial flat roofs and residential chimneys. The roofing crew wears harnesses similar to those worn by rock climbers, and they use carabiners to hook onto the fail-safe hooks on the roof.

If they slip, the line on which they are connected to the fail-safe pulls taut and the roofing crew member stops falling. He or she may be jerked around for a few minutes until the inertia of the fall stops, but then the harness, tie-off, carabiner and fail-safe hook holds them in place until they can climb back up or pulled up.

To learn more about how you can prepare your roof for your appointment, contact companies like Select Exteriors.