A lot of people would agree that being a roofing contractor is one of the most dangerous professions out there. At least compared to 90% of other specialities. Numerous amounts of people get hurt when working on their roofs every single year and quite, unfortunately, most of them are roofing contractors who have to be on roofs for a living. That is why we will dedicate this article to roofing safety and what steps you need to take to decrease the chances of injury. See A Plus Roofing and Gutters is a company that has been providing roofing services since 1970 so we have over 47 years of true roofing skill and experience – that is why we feel very comfortable working on the roofs of our customers. We thought that it would be great to share some tips and advice that we have gained during the decades in business when it comes to working safely on a roof so let’s get right into it.
Ladder Safety and Sturdiness
The majority of homeowners who are keen to work on their roof themselves do not have the right equipment and tools to get the job done safely. They use simple wooden ladders and most importantly they choose to ignore the surface where the ladder stands and how to properly tighten the ladder. We can confidently say that even some roofing companies fail to take 100% responsibility in ensuring that their workers are safe and secure whilst working on their client roofs all the time.
Here are the most important things you need to do to use a roofing ladder securely:
- Always put your ladder on a solid, dry and secure surface
- If the legs of the ladder are on grass or dirt, dig small holes to secure the legs properly
- Always extend the ladder at least 1 meter above the final touch point of the roof to ensure it doesn’t slip
- Attach a wooden board at the bottom of your ladder to ensure it is securely placed (if needed)
Safety Equipment Whilst Working On Roofs
Safety roofing equipment like harnesses and rope are a must use tools in order to increase your safety whilst working on roofs. If you are planning to work on a pitched roof, you should also consider purchasing roofing tabs that tighten on the shingles of a roof – they give you that extra room for movement because you can place your feet on them to reach tricky areas of the roof more easily.
Safety roofing shoes or boots that have good traction and are not slippery should also be used. Although all of this might seem like common sense, some people just ignore to use these simple but extremely effective methods of guaranteeing your safety.
Do Not Work Alone
Finally, do not act like a hero. We do not advise you to work on a roof alone and you should ALWAYS have a partner that will help you get the job done or at least oversee the whole process in case something happens. If you get injured while working on a roof but you are alone and there is nobody there to help you, there might be serious trouble. Always carefully think about every move you take when working, wear the right equipment and never work alone – this will help you reduce the chances of you getting injured on a roof.
About Our Roofing Business
A Plus Roofing and Gutters roofing contractors have become true experts at roofing safety and carrying out serious roofing projects because of the amount of training and experience our roofers in Cedar Rapids Iowa have gained. We take our roofing expert training incredibly seriously, we fully bond, insure and teach them how to behave safely on roofs. Although we do not advise any unexperienced homeowners take action and try working on their roof themselves, we sincerely hope that the advice we have given you in this article will help you minimize the risks of being injured while fixing, reroofing or installing your roof.
If you would like to work with us personally or if there is anything we can help you with, please visit our roofing services for Cedar Rapids Iowa (where we are based), check out our reviews, testimonials, work examples and our A+ rating accredited by the Better Business Bureau – this will help you make a decision whether we are the right fit for your project.