Fall protection is a major safety focus for CentiMark on all roofing projects. The first step in preventing 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/restraint system is only as good as the equipment and the properly trained user.
Skylights are an often overlooked hazard in both the construction and general industry sectors. Many times individuals only relate to a leading edge as a “fall hazard”; but, the fact remains that each year there continues to be falls through unprotected skylights. Whether we are discussing roofing safety, the safety of our maintenance workers or anyone else that may access our roofs, we need to make sure all hazards are addressed.
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 warning lines must be made of rope, wire or chain. The flags must be visible, present every six feet, 34 to 39-inches from roof level and erected at a minimum of six feet from the fall hazard. Most workers generally think about warning lines and safety monitors as a means of fall protection for the unprotected edge; but warning lines can be used to establish a barrier for multiple rooftop fall hazards. The warning line system continues to be a versatile tool in the roofing industry even with the increasing use of temporary guardrails and engineered systems.
Using ladders is a common and necessary tool in the construction industry. Crew members climb ladders many times in a day, exposing 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. Some workers may climb ladders many times each day and can become very comfortable doing so. Climbing can become as easy to some workers as walking up steps to the average person. This comfort can lead to complacency.
In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of death. Roof falls are costly and have a large impact on a company. It is crucial that a company has a solid plan for eliminating roof falls.
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is asking all construction contractors to participate in this year’s National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the National Safety Stand-Down is to prevent roof falls in construction. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness in an effort to reduce fall fatalities and injuries. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees.
Changing the way businesses operate in a post COVID-19 world is essential to keeping everyone safe and healthy. As companies adjust to new business practices, CentiMark is here and committed to providing external rooftop safety accessories for your commercial properties to help keep people outside of your building and maintain safe social distancing.
Our world has changed a lot over the past few weeks, and we are not immune from feeling the effects. We understand the impact this pandemic is having on our customers and want to do everything we can to ensure that you are still able to get your critical roofing projects completed. From getting your roof replacement to helping you prioritize your service projects, here’s what we are doing to help you keep these decisions as easy as possible.
The roofing industry is not immune to the personal and business effects of COVID-19. CentiMark feels it is important to share with you what we are doing to help keep everyone safe and keep your business running.