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Making Your Next Roofing Project Safe And Secure

Are you getting ready to embark on a major construction project? Does this involve replacing your old, existing roof? If so, you'll need to make sure you hire a roofing contractor that will be able to properly tear off and install the roof to code. While the outcome is important, it's also essential that certain safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of the roofers and everyone involved in the construction process. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Stable Ground

When roofing, contractors rely heavily on ladders and scaffolding to help guide and support them through the project. While good equipment is important, the ground it stands on also has to be stable and able to support the weight of the person as well as the tools that they're carrying. Before starting on any construction project, go around your property and inspect the ground. Maybe you had a recent heavy rain or there is some unsteady terrain due to erosion issues. If so, it's important to reinforce these areas to prevent any weakness in the ground and avoid accidental falls. The solution may be to not use the area if at all possible or to add pea gravel or stone to help add support and make the necessary repairs. Diverting water away from the base of the house via irrigation methods is one way to prevent pools of water building back up.  

Cleaning Up Clutter

Roofing can get messy and most roofers will already have a system in place for taking care of debris and clutter. Making sure that a roll off dumpster is close by, along with a tarp as nails and shingles fall from the roof, is vital for safety. If you're helping with cleanup, it's best to do it as the job progresses. Injuries can occur by slipping on loose shingles and underlayment.

Marking Off Hazards

One thing that most contractors do before they start a job is to identify any possible hazards that may get in the way of getting things done. This could includeholes in the yard or the home that have not been repaired yet. It could also be specific things like:

  • Moving objects
  • Sharp tools and saws
  • Collapsing trenches
  • Noise
  • Electricity
  • Asbestos

Making sure that some areas are marked, blocked off with tape or a fence is important for keeping roofers, inspectors and visitors safe at all times. 

Having a secure environment at all times, especially while working is important for successful project completion.