Florida Roofing Magazine - May 2022

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Residential Roof Fall Protection: Keep Your Roofing Crew Safe Equipter Roofing is risky business. From workers’ comp claims to lawsuits, losing crew members can destroy a company. Keep your crew and your company safe. Reduce the risk of job site injury by putting these tips into practice now.

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Work boots are not immortal. Continuing to use them when the soles are worn down can be just as dangerous as wearing the wrong footwear. When the Require the Right Footwear Many companies require employees and subs to dress tread is gone, the probability of slipping increases and in company-branded apparel when on the job. Don’t let stepping on nails becomes even more detrimental to the dress code stop there. The right shoes make all the the well-being of the wearer. difference when roofers are spending hours walking Provide a Personal Fall Arrest System on old shingles, exposed decking and new materials Whether you run a roofing company or a general conthroughout the job. Hazards run rampant on the roof and ensuring your crew is equipped with the right foot- struction company that covers a variety of residential projects, your workers must be kept safe in all situawear is just one way to reduce workers’ comp claims. When listing requirements for the right roofing shoes, tions. That safety stretches beyond a standard dress code. According to OSHA, falls from roofs account consider noting the following: for over a third of all fall-related deaths in residential ■ High-quality traction construction. ■ High-top for ankle stability With multiple types of fall protection solutions ■ Leather or suede for durability available, contractors can choose which works best for them. A personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is favored by many roofers, with a full-body harness connected

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