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Understanding Safety Risks in Roof Replacement

Depending on the type of roof, a replacement may be needed every 20 to 30 years. If the roof was impacted by a severe storm or other damaging forces, a replacement could be needed sooner. Replacing a roof comes with inherent risks, such as those related to weather conditions, the height of the roof, and proper use of equipment and tools. Learn more about some of the safety concerns to be aware of and how they can be prevented.

Hazardous Weather

Weather conditions like extreme heat, high winds, lightning, rain, and ice create hazardous working conditions for a roof replacement project. Professionals should check the weather every morning before working on a roof, and they should avoid working when dangerous conditions are present. Weather conditions can change quickly at times, so it’s important to monitor the forecast throughout the day. Being alert to sudden weather changes during the project is also vital for safety.

Ensuring Fall Protection

Due to the elevated position of the roof and its angle, falls are a serious risk when working on a roof. Falls may stem from losing footing or tripping over work roofing materials and tools. Because the risk of a fall is significant, those on the roof should wear a safety harness at all times. They should know how to properly use the harness before climbing the ladder and working on the roof. Tripping and falling can also be avoided by maintaining a tidy work area.

Safe Ladder Practices

While working on the top of the roof is dangerous, ascending to the roof is equally hazardous. Workers should always face the ladder, maintaining a two-hand grip during ascent or descent. For transporting materials and tools to the roof, employing a hoist system or securing items to one’s person is advised to prevent accidents. It may be necessary for professionals to work in pairs to get all of the materials and supplies for a roof replacement on top of the house.

Proper Footwear

Finding traction while working on a roof is challenging even in great weather conditions. The lack of traction and the potential to fall from a substantial height create a serious hazard. The footwear worn has a direct impact on the risk of a fall. The best shoes for a roof replacement are sturdy work boots with a non-slip sole.

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If it’s time to replace your roof, it’s important to turn to a team that takes extensive safety precautions while also focusing on quality workmanship for your home. Safety-conscious professionals will replace your roof efficiently and avoid personal injury and property damage. If you’re in Bakersfield, CA, contact Ed & J United Roofing to schedule roofing replacement service with our experienced team today.

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