Safety Concerns For A Roofer

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Roofing repairs Nottingham is a commonly sought-after job – and as with any trade, but particularly a dangerous trade like roofing, safety is of paramount concern for those carrying out jobs.

Especially when working at height, it can almost become a life or death situation. Knowing that your roofing contractors Nottingham comply with the latest safety regulations will put you at ease when you need a flat roof repairs Nottingham.

It becomes an even more dangerous prospect when the slope of the roof is very steep. A qualified roofer needs to give their employees the most up to date safety training – after all, for residential and commercial jobs, bad safety practice can put homeowners, and even passers by at risk. Roofing services Nottingham that demonstrate up to date safety practices will develop better reputations than their peers. They will become more profitable by their trustworthiness to limit accidents and safety related problems.

A lot of safety is common sense but working under time pressure and general lack of care are common and can lead to needless and easily preventable accidents. It is better for roofing companies to take their time and not sacrifice safety for speed, which in the long run will end up costing everyone more money through mistakes, accidents and avoidable maintenance. Those who own roofing companies should lead by example. This will lead to an overall safer environment as employees will be more inclined to replicate best practices demonstrated by the boss.

Cleanliness should be common sense, but again, many roofers try to cut corners or simply speed through a job, leading to a messy job site. Especially when working at height, keeping the areas as clean and clear as possible reduces possibilities of trips and falls. Each job site needs its own shape and size to be considered so those working have a plan to maximise efficiency while keeping the area clean and easy to work in.

The humble ladder is a roofer’s best friend, although used improperly, they can hinder more than help. Type 1A ladders are the most recommended, as they are self-supporting and far less likely to collapse or be knocked out of place. As with any frequently used piece of equipment, ladders should be inspected and tested before being taken to any job and inspected and tested on site. Problems such as loose parts can often be fixed quickly by an engineer, although larger damage may render the ladder too unsafe. Any dirt that may cause the rungs to become slippery must be cleaned immediately. Make sure only professional flat roofers are to use ladders, and never leave them unattended. When jobs are left overnight to resume the next day, if ladders are to be left on the job site they should be locked together while lying on the ground.

Ladders may seem like an easy tool to use, but are still frequently misused, and should only be used by those who’ve received proper instruction. Now that you’ve inspected your ladder, found it to be stable and that the rungs are clean from dirt and oil, check your footwear is also clean. Check that the ladder sits evenly on the ground and doesn’t wobble about. The ladder should always be climbed with both hands, facing forward, and only climbing one rung at a time. Sliding down the ladder is a definite no. Make sure only one person uses the ladder at a time.

Electricity is always a concern. Working at height means wires can be very exposed given the power supply may be accessed from way below. Again, before using any tool, wires must be inspected for integrity. Any exposed wire is hugely dangerous as someone could touch it, or it could be exposed to metal such as a nearby ladder. Ideally non-conductive ladders should be used and kept away from any wires.

Hammers are another common tool. Eye protection must be worn at all times when using one. Inspect hammers before use to check for integrity, and do not use if there is doubt about the state of the equipment. Power tools like a power nailer should be absolutely respected, and only used by those trained in the correct usage. Eye protection should also be worn, and the tool should be kept clean and operating smoothly. Always operate a safe distance from those around you.

Lastly, flat roof repair Nottingham requires some heavy lifting. All employees should be trained in manual handling, using safe practices to avoid injury to themselves and others. Correct technique requires less effort overall. Heavy items should be positioned close to each other and to where they’ll be needed to reduce the amount of lifting required.

A company that follows correct safety practices is a company that can be trusted to do an excellent overall job. Check roofers reviews Nottingham to make sure customers have had positive experiences!

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