Dangers related to roofing are present not only for construction workers, but also for people who live or work near jobsites. Children often are drawn to construction sites, and passersby can be at risk of falling equipment or tripping hazards. One of the easiest ways to mitigate these risks is through simple housekeeping procedures.
To protect the public from danger when working on a roof, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries offers the following tips:
- Use barricades and flashing lights when necessary.
- Locate equipment where fumes and dust will not be drawn into the windows or air intakes of nearby buildings. Kettle lids should open away from buildings.
- Neatly stack all materials and place them away from foot traffic.
- Do not store materials or equipment within 6 feet of the roof edge.
- Rolling equipment should be blocked.
- Always properly secure any loads stored on the roof deck.
When work has been completed for the day, be sure to:
- Secure the lid and spigot or overflow valve on the kettle at night.
- Lock or secure trucks and hoisting equipment.
- Remove the ladder to prevent roof access.
- Remove or secure chemicals, abrasives, solvents and flammables.
- Ensure all tools are properly stored and secured.