Proper material handling is an essential element of a well-run
roofing project. Failing to plan for lifts, using worn or
defective slings, and exceeding the capacity of lifting equipment
are just a few examples of material handling issues than can result
in damaged property or inventory, lost productivity and injury.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
construction standard Subpart H, 29 CFR 1926.250-252, contains
rules for material handling, storage, use and disposal on a job
site. It includes a variety of requirements regarding trash chutes,
housekeeping, wire rope, chains and synthetic slings.
Take out the trash
Trash disposal from a roof can be handled in various ways,
including placing trash in a skid box, on pallets or in other
suitable containers and lowering it to the ground with a crane or
forklift. However, when trash is dropped more than 20 feet to a
point outside a building's exterior walls, OSHA requires the use of
a chute, which it defines as a slide that is...
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