Safety Guidelines For Roofing Companies
Between the years 2003 and 2010, there was an increased number of workers falling off the roofs of buildings under construction. Consequently, the Workplace Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as WHS came up with useful safety practices that would reduce the number of deaths or even injuries resulting from falls.
Interim Protection Compliance Guidelines
The new guidelines are a rescind for the 1999 Interim Protection Compliance Policies, which advised that employers who engage in residential construction activities should have alternative methods for fall protection. All employers must now comply with all the regulations as outlined by WHS.
Residential Construction Guidelines
It is recommended by the National Regulation that every employee who engages in construction work above 6 feet should be protected by safety nets, guard rails, as well as personal fall-arrest systems. In a work station, every employer must ensure that they have an appropriate fall protection plan for all employees working in these sites.
Roofing as an Investment
Roofing or replacing an old roof is never a cheap undertaking. It costs money, and the last thing a home or construction owner wants to see is injury taking place on their property. It is the responsibility of roofing contractors to ensure the safety of workers as well as those who may find themselves in such premises from time to time.
It is also important for customers hiring roofing contractors to know that the people they are hiring are complying with the guidelines and safety standards outlined by the Government. Roofing contractors that take safety seriously will carry out an audit before a project can commence. The purpose of this audit is to ensure that all workers have safety equipment and clothing to handle the job. It’s a very risky job, so even the slightest slip can turn into a disaster. The risk isn’t worth it at all.
When installation is taking place, the number one concern of employers should be the safety of those working under their direction. If they skip planning out on good safety practices, accidents are bound to happen. Furthermore, during installation or repairs, there are a number of safety issues that should be considered and learned about.
- The work site should be clean and organized, which is to say there should be no children or pets playing around. Contractors should watch for dangerous power lines, cesspools or even unsafe access ways to the roof.
- They should minimize the chances of falling off the roof. They should respond to circumstances that may lead to slipping or falling off the roof. These circumstances including working in wet conditions, wearing shoes that don’t offer the best traction, or not wearing protective gear such as helmet and harness.
Other safety tips that have been highlighted:
- When setting up ladders, they should not lie on a slope. Instead, they should be mounted on solid level ground to avoid risk of falling. Ladders are tied on the top and secured tightly with a brace.
These ladders should not be overloaded with tools either. They should be kept away from electrical boxes or even power lines.
Safety Equipment Should Contain The following (but not limited to this list)
- Safety netting
- Eye protection
- Ladder stabilizer
- Roof brackets
- Roof anchors
- Guard rails
Is it a must to comply with all the regulations?
The Australian code of practice, in relation to what’s highlighted in 2001 NSW’s OHS Regulation is in the state legislation. This means that all the regulations should be followed as they are. However, if a contractor has a very good reason not to comply with these laws, then there’s a provision to document their reason for not following them, plus back up the reason with a valid risk assessment plan.
Just in case something happens, complying with these laws can be used for defense purposes in a court of law. Otherwise, if there’s a breach of these regulations, then the act of not complying with these rules can work against a contractor.
A workstation has to comply with the current OHS requirements irrespective of how old the building is. Furthermore, even a heritage structure or building must comply with the regulations as listed in clause 6.2.1 (f). It says that all architects considerations shall not compromise safety. So if you are a roofing contractor, use the guidelines and you will be safe.
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