How Roofers Protect Themselves at Great Heights

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Roofers generally work twenty-, thirty-, fifty- or more feet in the air, and at that height, they are at constant risk of serious injury or death. One wrongly placed foot can send them hurdling toward the ground faster than they can fully comprehend what happened. These risks must be addressed in order to keep workers safe and also those who are coming and going from the house as the job gets underway. After all, it isn’t just the worker that could slip from the sloped surface. A hammer, loose shingle, or other tool could do serious damage should it fall from that height and hit someone below.

Securing Footing You don’t want to see someone hurt on your property. That’s why you hired the professional roofers. Houston, Texas experts, like those found at this website, are prepared to avoid such tragedy. In order to lessen the risk of injury at the jobsite, roofers must make efforts to reduce the risk of falling. There are several tools that can be put to use for this purpose. Among the most commonly used is the roof bracket. An ‘L’-shaped tool, it is hammered in, beneath the existing shingles. With two or more secured, a board can be laid across them and fastened in. It creates a platform for the workers to prop themselves against and also something to grab on to should they lose their footing.

Tied Up Tight Another method of reducing the risk of a serious slip and fall is to be harnessed. There are a few components that are needed to provide a lifeline for roofers. The first is the anchor. This odd-shaped device is bolted to either side of the roof and rests at the peak. Crafted of heavy-duty metal, once secured, it can hold a lot of weight. Lanyards of self-retractors are connected to the anchor. Made of strong strapping, lanyards – including those that self-retract to remain taught — provide a tight connection to the anchor. They must also make a connection with the person to be caught. This is done with a harness. A five-point system that comfortably straps about the body, the harness allows the roofer to continue bending, walking, and operating as usual, but when attached to the lanyard and anchor, it will not allow him to fall.

Hold On When a harness is not in use, there are other devices that stop the descent of the slipping worker. Rope grabs are metal tools that fit over a rope secured to the roof. Together the rope and the grab provide a same vertical span of work area where the roofer can do his job without fear of falling. Should he start to lose his footing, the rope grab cinches onto the cord and he is held tight.

Aside from protecting themselves from falls, Pasadena, Texas, roofers should take measures to avoid projectiles harming those below. Hammer loops, high quality tool belts, as well as the ledge created by the aforementioned roof brackets are among the many pieces of equipment that make this task easier.

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