ROOFING REPAIR | SAFETY: INSTALLING ROOFING
Roof installation has several safety requirements that you must comply to not only save the life of your workers, but to also avoid being fined by OSHA. Safety is of considerable concern for a home builder when installing roof trussel and components and roofing repair. The majority of US residential construction is composed of wooden roof trusses that require workers leaving a stable platform to work on different heights.
SAFETY METHODS WHEN INSTALLING ROOF TRUSSES
Numerous methods can be used to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities among workers installing roof trusses and roofing repair.
One small accessory can provide your worker with great safety and if used properly can avoid a huge fine by OSHA. Either ladders or steps can be used to ensure the safety of the employee and will provide a stable platform to work while installing roof trusses.
Roof truss installation may require work from an elevated or suspended platform. A bracket scaffold placed on the exterior or interior of your building will provide a safe work area for your workers. When the bracket scaffold is used on the interior of the building, the outer walls can serve as a safety constrain that can reduce the falling hazard. If the bracket scaffold if placed on the outside of the building, your workers can perform on a more visible area and certain additions can be added to provide a safe area to work. When using the bracket scaffold on the exterior, the guardrail system can protect and provide fall protection. Toe boards are necessary to prevent falling objects that can risk other workers’ safety when installing roof trusses.
Anchors are commonly used devices which provide safety when installing roof trusses or when working over roof surfaces. Arrest forces are distributed across wood trusses when anchor systems are used, and spreaders can act as anchors providing personal fall arrest system protection and fall restraint. One critical advantage of anchors and spreaders is their design to withstand exerted forces upon them and over wood trusses. A structural engineer can be consulted to determine the capacity and strength requirement on each particular situation.
SAFETY METHODS WHEN INSTALLING RAFTERS
When your workers are installing rafters on roof areas, anchors are the best solution to provide a safe work area. Using strap anchors or bolt-on anchors, combined with personal fall arrest systems, is the best combination for your workers.
SAFETY METHODS WHEN INSTALLING SHEATHING
Roof sheathing activities are one of the most hazardous activities to perform in the construction industry.
After the roof has been framed the sheathing activity starts. Workers will be working on elevated areas and risk of injury mitigated by installing safety nets below the work areas. As for the anchor systems, when using safety nets as fall protection systems, proper design must be performed to allow it to withstand the impact of the falling worker.
The bracket scaffold can be attached to the top of the structure to provide a safe and stable platform to complete the roof sheathing activity. Be aware that proper scaffolding should be installed by carefully-selected and trained workers with experience in scaffolding set-up.
Using retractable lifeline stands is the best alternative for workers when installing roof sheathing.
SAFETY METHODS WHEN PERFORMING ROOFING JOBS
Using strap anchors or bolt-on anchors can be the difference between the life and death of your worker. Both anchors can be used throughout construction for a variety of activities, not only on roofing jobs. Anchors and their condition must be carefully inspected prior to use and if there is any signal of wear, they must be discarded.
Bracket scaffolding can also be used to provide a safe work area for employees on elevated areas.