Safety and injury prevention are the responsibility of every roofing contractor. Prior to the start of any roofing project, safety plans should be reviewed with both the customer and crews. A goal for every roofing crewmember is to return home safely to their families every evening.
An excellent safety record helps ensure that the likelihood of an injury on the roof is greatly reduced. That means the contractor typically does not pay expensive insurance claims or partake in unwanted litigation. Ultimately, this saves money for customers.
Warning lines are one of the oldest forms of fall protection mandated by OSHA for low slope roof projects. The basics of the system are that the lines must be made of rope, wire or chain. The flags must be visible, present every six (6) feet, 34 to 39-inches from roof level and erected at a minimum of six (6) feet from the fall hazard.
Fall protection is a major safety focus and concern for CentiMark on all roofing projects. The first step in preventing roof falls is to inspect and identify the potential hazards on every job. Personal fall protection can be placed into two different categories: fall arrest and fall restraint. Any personal fall arrest or restraint system is only as good as the equipment and the properly trained user.
Skylights are an often overlooked hazard on roofs. Many times roofers, building maintenance personnel and others who access the roof only relate to a leading edge as a Fall Hazard. The leading edge on a roof changes locations as the additional roof sections are placed, formed or constructed. But each year, there are numerous falls through unprotected skylights.
Ladders are a common and necessary tool in the construction industry. Roofers climb up and down ladders numerous times each day - exposing the workers to falls with each step taken. Falls can be fatal and are one of the leading causes of injuries and death in the construction industry.
Roof falls are one of the greatest hazards on construction sites. In the roofing industry, falls result in the largest number of fatalities. Fall hazard recognition is critical in protecting workers. The key to fall hazard awareness is training: employers must teach their associates to recognize fall hazards and to utilize fall protection to protect themselves.
With the cold temperatures the United States (US) and Canada are experiencing it is important to know the effects temperature and winter weather can have on your facility. Understanding the potential impact all this can have on your roof and floors will help you make maintenance and safety decisions that will help prolong your investment and keep your employees and customers safe.
For 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.
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.
At 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:
Eight Years Without a Workplace Injury:
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:
Five Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Rocky Hill, CT
Four Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Nashville, TN QuestMark
Three Years Without a Workplace Injury:
Ramsey, MN QuestMark
Two Years Without a Workplace Injury:
West Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX QuestMark
Charlotte, NC QuestMark
Hartford, CT QuestMark
One Year Without a Workplace Injury:
Norcross, GA QuestMark
Portland, OR QuestMark
Chicago, IL QuestMark
Pompano Beach, FL
St. Louis, MO
Richmond, VA QuestMark
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.
There 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.
In 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.
Fixed 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Roof 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.
A 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.
Be 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.