Staying safe

Many hazards that are present during roofing work seem pretty obvious. However, the practical reality is that solutions for eliminating or reducing those hazards may be neglected on occasion for a variety of reasons. The following collection of photos illustrates the benefits of proper application of health and safety regulations and best practices and the potential danger and harm that may result from disregarding those regulations and practices.

If workers are replacing roof deck materials or working around holes or openings, protect workers with personal fall-arrest systems.

For steep-slope roofs (those with slopes greater than 4-in-12 [33 percent]), workers need to be protected with personal fall-arrest systems.

Don't substitute caution tape for a properly flagged and configured warning-line system for fall protection on low-slope roof systems.