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Reader concerned about safety

I am a safety director for a large commercial roofing company, and I was quite surprised at the opening photo associated with "Foam up top," January issue, page 26. Several violations clearly are depicted in the photo, and this seems inconsistent with NRCA's dedication to professionalism and safety.

The most glaring safety issue is an uncovered HVAC curb directly behind the workers. Because there is a concrete deck, I presume the deck is open inside the curb. This situation would be considered a serious violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

Additionally, one worker is not wearing a hard hat, and two workers are wearing hard hats improperly. One worker has the bill toward the back, and the other has a baseball cap under his hard hat. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) only tests and certifies hard hats to be worn with the bill forward, and, therefore, using a hard hat with the bill toward the back would not meet OSHA requirements. Garments detract from a hard hat's protective properties and cause them not to meet ...



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