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In our fifth decade in the roofing industry, we take great pride in the people and professionalism that drive CentiMark to new levels of success and excellence in roofing and flooring.

Working at Heights Mandatory Training - Safety in Canada

Safety7For all businesses, partnering with a roofing contractor who makes safety a priority is a smart decision.  The lack of safety protocols and training in commercial roofing projects can end up costing more than the cost of the original project. Pre-qualifying your contractor to make sure the crews have proper mandatory safety training helps insure that your roofing project will be successful. 

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Safety is Important When Selecting a Roofing Contractor

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In both our business and personal lives, we all have experienced hiring an individual or a contractor who failed at a project. When that happens, the poor quality may translate into a legal dispute or having someone else come in and finish the project. It’s essential to qualify the work of a contractor prior to hiring. For safety reasons, we cannot stress the importance of pre-qualifying a contractor’s safety program before hiring.

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Safety Offices Without a Workplace Injury

ReynoldsburgInjuryFree2017At CentiMark and QuestMark, we take great pride in the safety of our workers. Our goal is for every CentiMark and QuestMark associate to return home safely to their families every evening. In 2016, 44 of our offices did not have a recordable workplace injury during the year.


Our Safety Incidence Rate in 2016 for roofing was 1.13, lower than the national Incidence Rate of 6.0 (NAICS roofing contractors).

We’re proud to announce those offices who have worked without a work injury:

Nine Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Auburn, WA

Eight Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Houston, TX
Phoenix, AZ QuestMark
Salt Lake City, UT
Des Moines, IA

Seven Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Orlando, FL QuestMark

Six Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Omaha, NE

Five Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Rocky Hill, CT
Albuquerque, NM

Four Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Nashville, TN QuestMark

Three Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Tonawanda, NY
Ramsey, MN QuestMark

Two Years Without a Workplace Injury:
West Chicago, IL
Phoenix, AZ
Dallas, TX QuestMark
Franklin, OH
Charlotte, NC QuestMark
Hartford, CT QuestMark

One Year Without a Workplace Injury:
Norcross, GA QuestMark
Duluth, GA
Stow, OH
Hendersonville, TN
Jessup, MD
Jeffersonville, IN
Canonsburg, PA
Columbus, OH
Lakeland, FL
Portland, OR QuestMark
Alabaster, AL
Chicago, IL QuestMark
Westland, MI
Pompano Beach, FL
St. Louis, MO
Kalamazoo, MI
Vancouver, BC
Boise, ID
Milwaukee, WI
Richmond, VA QuestMark
Bloomington, MN
Sacramento, CA
Edmonton, AB
Calgary, AB
Toronto, ON Flooring
Denver, CO QuestMark

The combined manhours of these offices working without a recordable injury is 6,679,058 hours. Safety and injury prevention is everyone’s responsibility. At CentiMark and QuestMark, maintaining a safe work environment is our goal.

 

 

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Guardrail Systems Safety Review

KATTSAFE GW32editedThere are a lot of scenarios where a guardrail might be the only thing that stands between you and a devastating fall. In order to keep your employees and contractors safe, it’s important to review your existing rooftop safety setup on a regular basis.

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Safe Roof Series (Part 6): Skylight Accidents and Prevention

Skylight1In Safe Roof Series (Part 5): Custom Roof Hatch Railings, we discussed some of the features of a non-standard system. This week we answer a perplexing question...

Who Falls Through Skylights?
According to OSHA statistics, in 2005, there were 767 falls resulting in death and 79,310 falls to a lower level causing serious injury. Many of these falls were through skylights. Your first reaction is to wonder how can anybody fall through a skylight? Our partners at Safety Rail Source offer the explanation.

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Company Safety Starts at the Top - Are Your Ladders Compliant?

SafetySeriesLaddersPart6Fixed ladders may not be in constant use at your building—there’s probably much more going on inside your structure than on top of it. But you still need to remember the big picture. CentiMark is used to looking at things a little differently.

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Safe Roof Series (Part 5): Custom Roof Hatch Railing System

Roof hatch requiring custom railingThe Anatomy of a Custom Roof Hatch Railing System

In Safe Roof Series (Part 4): Roof Hatches we defined in general what a roof hatch railing system is as well as a brief history of them. We now will expand on the hatch railing description by discussing some of the features of a non-standard system.

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The Latest in Roof Edge Protection

Promoting safety is always a priority at CentiMark

New guardrail options are making fall protection even easier to implement. Knowing the latest OHSA regulations and installing the latest safety products tells our customers, employees and subcontractors that we take our work seriously and are proud to endorse personal safety at your workplace.

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Safe Roof Series (Part 4): Roof Hatches

Safety and Roof Access Hatches


What are Roof Access Hatches?

Many roofs, especially low sloped roofs, are accessed via a fixed ladder or stairway leading to a roof hatch or scuttle. Most hatches are equipped with a hinged lid that has pistons or springs to assist in opening the lid along with a locking mechanism to keep it open. These fixed ladders and hatchways make climbing onto a roof more convenient than using an extension ladder.

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Safe Roof Series (Part 3): Roof edge railing types, applications and installation

Roof Edge Railing System2Roof edge railing types, applications and installation

In our previous article: Safe Roof Series (Part 2): Skylight Fall Protection, we discussed Skylight Fall Protection. This week we move from the center roof to the roof edge.

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Safe Roof Series (Part 2): Skylight Fall Protection

Skylight Railings with PVC Recycled Green Bases Non Penetrating Stand Alone SystemA major rooftop concern today is protecting skylights to prevent falls.
People fall through skylights daily throughout the country. Did you know that OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910.23 and 29 CFR 1910.66 (a)(4)) require that all skylights be protected by compliant screens or railings? To be OSHA compliant, skylight screens must pass a 200-pound load test for most of the USA and a 400-pound force for CAL OSHA Standards. For product quality and load tested systems, CentiMark installs Safety Rail Source top quality skylight screens and railings.

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Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Roof During Inclement Weather

InclementWeatherBe Prepared. No roof is 100% immune to the damages of rain, hail, heavy winds, tornadoes or hurricanes. Proper construction and preventative maintenance on the roof system does help improve roof performance. However, even roofs that are properly designed and installed can fail during a weather disaster.

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Safe Roof Series: CentiMark and OSHA Compliant Roofs (Part 1)

Roof Edge RailingsWhat is considered an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Compliant “safe roof”? 

A safe roof is one that provides fall protection for your employees, contractors and others on the roof. A safe roof is achieved by guarding the roof edge, skylights, roof hatch and other roof openings.

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Guardrails - Making the roofing industry safer and more efficient!

roofingasfetyThe use of guardrails as roof edge protection is changing the roofing industry from both a safety and production standpoint.

CentiMark has partnered with two companies providing input to help develop and produce guardrails that work on various types of roof edges. This input from our safety department and production crews has allowed guardrail systems to evolve, making the various attachment points more adaptable. This allows use on a larger variety of roof edges.

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Saving Money Through Safety

roofingsafety2As we celebrate National Safety Month in June, CentiMark is particularly proud of our EMR - Experience Modification Rate. The EMR helps CentiMark save money on insurance premiums and ultimately saves money for our customers.

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Industry Recognition and Safety Statistics

Industry Recognition and Safety Statistics

2016 NRCA MVP Award Recipient - Pedro Melendez

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Changes in Codes and Testing Requirements

Changes in Codes and Testing Requirements

Code changes are very complex, some take years for compliance and all are best left to discuss with your professional roofing contractor. Roofing codes are found in Chapter 15 of the International Building Code which is part of a family of codes from the International Code Council (ICC). Each of these codes are revised every three years before being promulgated. It is up to each state to decide which version of the code they wish to adopt and the adopted version may vary from state-to-state.

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Why does QuestMark need safety?

Why does QuestMark need safety?

We often hear people say, ‘You can’t fall off a floor!’ So, why does QuestMark need safety inspectors and safety training?

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Safety on the Roof

Safety on the Roof

Dear CentiMark,
I want to make my roof safer for our employees and vendors. What suggestions do you have?

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Tips for Safe Snow & Ice Removal

Tips for Safe Snow & Ice Removal

Original publication can be viewed on OSHA's website: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA-3513roof-snow-hazard.pdf
While snow removal may be necessary to prevent overloading and collapse or to clear off space for construction or repairs, it also exposes workers to a number of risks.

Employees might need to climb directly onto the roof and use equipment such as shovels, snow rakes, snow blowers and ladders.

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