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Roofing safety tips: Follow these at work

If you work in the construction industry or as a roofing contractor, it goes without saying that you’ll spend a lot of time on roofs.

No matter how much experience you have, it only takes a single misstep or mistake to cause a serious accident that can end in disaster.

Since there are many dangers of working on a roof, you need to follow a variety of safety tips. Here are several that can give you peace of mind:

  • Don’t take on more than you can handle. For example, you shouldn’t attempt to carry a heavy load up or down a ladder. Instead, get the help you need to do the job in the safest manner possible.
  • Place your ladder on level and firm ground. If you don’t do this, you’re at greater risk of an accident.
  • Don’t work on a wet roof or in inclement weather. If the rain is heavy or the wind is strong, stay away from the roof until conditions improve.
  • Wear the right safety gear. For example, you should always wear a helmet and shoes with good traction.
  • Keep debris to a minimum. The more debris that collects the greater chance there is of tripping and falling.
  • Use a harness system. This isn’t something you need, until you find yourself slipping. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Avoid distractions. It’s easy to become distracted when working on a roof, especially if there are other people on the job and/or a gorgeous view. Even so, you need to remain focused.

It’s not always simple to follow these roofing safety tips, but you should get into the habit of doing so. Once you have a clear understanding of the things you can do to maintain a high level of safety, you’ll feel better about tackling your day to day job.

In the event of an accident, such as one in which you fall, call for immediate medical help. Also, let your employer know what went wrong, as this can help others avoid the same type of accident.

Finally, if you’re unable to return to work right away, you should consider if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.


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