Stepping foot on a commercial roof can certainly seem a little terrifying. You surrender the small amount of control you have when two feet are firmly planted on the ground. Plus there’s the whole thing about being 20 or 30 feet in the air…maybe 50 or 60 feet if you’re unlucky. There are certain options that can be implemented to help create safer environments while on the roof.
You might be asking why you would need to proactively install safety features for anyone accessing the roof. Just don’t go near the edge, right? Well, yes. But no. While anyone stepping foot on the roof should be generally aware of the hazards associated with being up on a flat roof, there are a variety of scenarios that could happen, or could have already happened, while someone is up there.
Weather can play a huge factor on rooftop conditions. High winds, rain, morning frost (especially on white roofs), snow and ice can all create issues anyone on the roof will need to work in. Perimeter edges can blend in where the roof levels change creating a fall hazard. Working in an area that is near an edge while the surface is slippery or during high winds can turn a simple loss of balance into a life or death situation. The same can happen at ladder access points, hatch openings and skylights can also prove to be dangerous if a slip and fall occurs.
So, what do you do to help eliminate or at least minimize these conditions? Here is a short list of some available options for each of the 3 main fall hazards while on a roof.
As you can see, there are quite a few ways to make your rooftop a safer place to work.
There are many rooftop safety options available and some companies like Leading Edge Safety will even create custom applications to fit your specific needs. It doesn’t take much to put some of these measures in place and most can be installed by a quality roofing contractor.
Do you feel the people working on your roof could benefit from some of these safety measures? Contact us today to discuss these options and more.