Roof Brackets and Safety Precautions
There is no mistake that safety is a paramount concern in the roofing industry. Falls are the primary cause of death for construction workers. Roofing professionals are obviously at the forefront of this safety concern. Often elevated at great heights and working in various challenging conditions, construction companies need to implement the best safety and precaution practices to protect their roofers from falls.
Along with the health and safety risks, a safety citation from OSHA can greatly impact a project and result in the need for a roofing attorney in Tennessee. In this article, we will educate you on some proactive safety tips for young professionals beginning their careers in roofing.
Roofing professionals have two objectives when they are performing their tasks. First, they want to complete their work with great precision. Second, and just as important, they want to finish the job safely. Roof brackets can aid the roofing professional in both of these regards.
Benefits of Brackets
For beginners in roofing, it cannot be stressed enough that no matter the height of your workstation, you should always take the time to install roof brackets into your workspace. Installing a bracket will provide two extremely useful benefits. First, it gives the roofer a place where their tools and building materials can live giving them easy access to the things they need to perform their work. Second, the bracket acts as a slide guard that can offer support if the worker loses their footing or begins to “slide” down the roof.
Installing a roof bracket can be done in a few easy steps. The roof bracket needs to be applied to the home’s framework. This begins with finding the truss or rafter by tapping your hammer across the surface level of the rooftop to feel and listen for that dense, solid wood. After discovering that sweet spot, the roofer should pry the material loose to place the nails into this section for installation. You always want to install your brackets from the lowest level of the roof and work your way towards the top. When the job is nearing completion, you reverse this order and systematically remove the highest brackets first leaving the lower brackets as your workplace and safety net beneath you.
Taking the time to ensure the right safety precautions are in place saves lives and mitigates the chances of something going awry.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.