What Roofing Contractors can do to Stay Safe at any Height
Follow all Safety Guidelines for Roofing Contractors
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has several best practices that aim to protect roofing contractors. Every ladder use on the job must meet OSHA regulations. You should also inspect each one before use to ensure all of its parts are in working order.
For safety reasons, roofing contractors should always maintain “three points of contact (two hands and a foot)” when climbing up or down a ladder. This safety practice decreases falls, because it provides more balance and allows roofers to grab onto something if they begin to fall.
Personal Fall Arrest System
Every roofing contractor should have a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS), which are tools available to roofers working on replacement jobs. A PFAS is designed to safely stop a fall before an individual hits a lower level. It includes tools like special elevated anchor assemblies, which prevent lifelines from contacting the roof’s surface, where a line could catch on a nail or debris. In addition, many roofing contractors also use horizontal lifelines and rope grabs.