The roof is a dangerous place. It’s high, it’s isolated and surfaces may be uneven and treacherous. Building managers are responsible for the well-being of employees and contractors who perform roof inspections, repairs or maintenance. Work on the roof is also unique because those who oversee the job may not be able to observe the process. Developing policies for access and precautions for safety can help you avoid perilous situations and unnecessary accidents.
Don’t go on it alone
No one should be on a roof alone. A team ensures that should one worker become disabled, another will be there to summon help. Two people are also more likely to spot potential dangers and threats to safety.
Create a communications system
Establish and implement a system for regular communication with roof workers. Phones or radios can be used to check-in with supervisors or managers and to provide progress reports at designated intervals.
Determine who is allowed to access to the roof and when they are permitted to be there. These parameters will provide for better safety monitoring and guarantee that someone inside the building is available to assist in the event of an emergency.
Have an emergency plan
Outline the steps to take in an emergency. If an employee or contractor falls or experiences a medical incident while they are doing repair work, it’s critical that everyone understands what to do. Purchase any needed safety or first aid equipment. Having a plan will give you peace of mind, and acting quickly and decisively saves lives.
Inspect and Maintain
Regular roof inspections should be a routine part of building maintenance. Weather or debris can cause damage that makes the roof unsafe for access until repairs are completed. Maintain a log of inspections and repairs so that everyone knows when the roof can be safely accessed.
Best practice is to limit people without proper precautions and equipment to staying at least 15 feet from the edge of the roof. Mark the boundaries, and educate employees and contractors about the rules.
To ensure that your building has a solid safety plan in place, call the experts at Transition Roofing- 512-900-2432.