As you know, safety plays an important role in our everyday work and it allows our team to be protected from unnecessary injuries. To achieve a safe work environment our team must be all on the same page and be working together. If one member doesn’t follow the safety procedures the results can be disastrous! According to a 2020 report on work fatality and injury rates in Canada, Canadian workers compensation boards reported that 1,027 workers died due to work-related causes in 2018.
When it comes to roofers, the most common reason for death is because of falls! The most common areas for falls are the edges of the building, holes in the roof, and off of ladders. How can we avoid these falls and injuries? Let us discuss further and find out.
Proper safety procedures on any sloped or flat roofing job can be broken down into several essential steps. The first step is to start with a game plan. We inspect the entire work site area for anything that we find that may pose danger to our crew. We make sure that everyone is aware of the possible dangers on site to minimize the chances of being injured at work. It’s also always a good idea to tell our customers what safety precautions will be used on site. This will definitely make the customer feel more comfortable with the roofers on site. When it comes to safety, communication is key to a successful roofing project!
As it may come to no surprise, wearing the proper safety equipment is extremely important. Hard hats can protect our men on the ground. Long sleeve shirts and gloves will act as a protective shield as well. Wearing a harness that is tied-off to a lifeline is extremely important when working on a roof. Especially when working near the edges of the roof!
Last, we have to consider all the potential injuries that can happen to our crew if we do not pay attention to fall protection recommendations. Always follow local code and government regulations regarding work place safety and fall protection. At Luso Roofing our team is familiar with these safety rules and all other safety regulations regarding working with all roofing tools and materials.