Roofer Safety

Roofer Safety

by Marie King

Roofer Safety

Roofer safety tips

As a roofer, you have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Even though safety measures take more time, these precautions can save you from grave injuries and possibly death. If you are the owner of a roofing company, you should regularly provide training on roofer safety measures. Serious accidents and fatalities can happen to any of your workers, and your workers are a valuable entity. When one person is injured, it can hold up your progress on a roof. If you lose a key worker, it may be hard to replace that person.

Work Site

Each roofer should make it a point to keep the work site clean. Tools and materials can create dangers to workers and homeowners. Struck by an object can be a detriment to safety for the homeowner. Imagine that a package of shingles slides off the roof if that strikes a homeowner or family members one of them could be seriously injured.One thing that you can do to prevent this type of injury is create a perimeter, which would exclude homeowners and family members from the danger area. A roofer could have a trip and fall accident if that worker trips over materials or tools. That roofer could be severely injured or fall from that roof.

Protective Gear

“According to Professional Roofing Magazine, an average of six roofers die each month in the U.S. from falls.” As a roofer, there are precautions that you can take:

  • Body harnesses – are the prime way of preventing falls happening to roofers. The body harness needs to fit the worker well and be anchored correctly. The roofer needs to be trained in the proper use of this equipment, so he can prevent falls from taking place.
  • Boots – A roofer should wear boots with metal toes and with slip resistant and puncture resistant soles. The proper footwear can save a worker from getting injured or in some cases falling from a roof.
  • Hard Hats – It’s imperative that a roofer wear a hard hat. If a roofer does fall from a roof, a hard hat can help lessen the injuries to the head. Hard hats should be inspected regularly for dents and other defects.

Ladders and Scaffolds

Ladders are commonly used by roofer. There are precautions that must take place to prevent accidents. The right type of ladder for the job needs to be selected. Ladders must be long enough to reach the roof and offer a safe exit from it for the worker. Any stickers. paint or grease needs to be removed. If a ladder is splintering, it should be taken out of use. Most importantly ladders need to be inspected regularly to detect any defects in them, such as loose or missing rungs.

A roofer uses scaffolding routinely. Statistics published by OSHA state:
“About 2.3 million construction workers frequently work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related injuries would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths.” That’s the reason, safety precautions must be in place and followed with scaffolding.


A roofer has one of the most dangerous jobs in the USA. This worker’s occupation ranks nationally sixth for hazardous employment. Furthermore, one-third of the injuries in the construction industry happens to roofing contractors, even though roofers comprise significantly less than one-third of the workers in the construction industry. For all the reasons cited above, safety should be job number one for a roofer.