If you intend to get up and work on your roof, there are some essential safety guidelines that you should be aware of before you ever set foot on a ladder. Reviewing these tips is imperative; they might seem like overkill but they could potentially save your life!
Invest in a High Quality Ladder
Before climbing onto the top of your house, ensure you have a ladder that’s in good repair and long enough to reach the edge of the roof, plus three more feet beyond. This will ensure you can get on and off the roof safely. You should also receive some training on how to correctly set up and position your ladder. Finally, secure the ladder to something stable so you don’t have to worry about it moving or falling.
Pick up a Harness System
This is something that a lot of people doing roof repairs surprisingly fail to pick up, and it could mean the difference between life and a major injury or death. Using a harness and lanyard system ensures you have what’s known as “personal fail protection.” No matter whether your ladder falls or anything else fails, you’ll be secured with your harness.
Invest in Guard Rails and Warning Lines
These are especially worthwhile if you have a steep roof, one with a number of profiles or a lot of work to get done. Guard rail systems can help offer you added personal protection; they can also help prevent materials from falling off the roof, resulting in inconvenience or injury to someone below.
Warning lines are useful for making sure you’re always aware of the steepest areas, edges or skylight holes. Skylight openings in particular are a major cause of falls so warning lines, guard rails and even safety nets can offer you added peace of mind.
Don’t Overlook Toe Board Brackets
These handy items are less commonly known about amongst DIY-ers or anyone new to roofing repairs. They weave into the roofing itself and can be removed afterwards without damaging anything. While in place, they can help you climb the various pitches and profiles and help you and your tools from sliding away.
Finally, Have a Safety Plan
Before you ever set foot on a ladder, have a plan in place. Identify where the highest risk areas are on the roof, what you can do to minimize risks and what you know about all the safety equipment you can utilize while you’re getting the job done.
Do you have a hard hat that will secure under your chin?
Do you know the correct way to secure your ladder and harness?
Is there someone home while you’re working, in the event of an emergency?
Whether you’re performing DIY work, are a general handyperson finding yourself with a new roofing job or are even considering a career as a roofer, understanding the wealth of safety measures you can put in place could help prevent injury or even save your life.