Tips to Remember When Working on Fragile Rooftops

Fragile Rooftops | Insurance for RoofersRoofers face the risk of sustaining severe physical injury or even death while working on projects. The degree of danger involved makes it easy to understand why contractor insurance companies charge relatively pricy premiums in order to render coverage for workers, as well as the consequences of their actions.

While a company employee such as an electrician may feel better knowing that his body and actions are protected under a special roofer insurance policy, taking extra precautions when it comes to working on rooftops should never be neglected.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), approximately 22 percent of all deaths resulting from falls at construction sites have been linked to fragile rooftops.

A fragile roof is simply a rooftop that lacks the structural integrity to support the weight of a roofer. Before allowing the men to get on top of the client’s rooftop, it’s imperative that the roof is thoroughly inspected first.

To calculate just how safe a roof is, there are numerous factors that need to be taken into careful consideration, amongst which includes the following: sheet profile, thickness of the material, the material’s age, span between supports, and the design of the supporting structure.

Roofs which have been subjected to years of wear and tear are usually the ones that pose as larger risks. These rooftops are more likely to have been battered by Mother Nature’s harshest elements, and could begin displaying weak points at areas where lights and other items have been installed.

On the other hand, these fragile spots may have already been painted over during touch up jobs, thereby requiring an even more observant eye when it comes to determining rooftop fragility.

Some roofing companies – the legit ones insured by contractor insurance companies – take on a safer approach during projects, wherein the employees are required to work on the roof from underneath it in an attempt to keep the working environment safer.

If working under the roof isn’t possible, experts may opt to set up a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) around the roof so that there wouldn’t be any need to get on the rooftop in many of cases.

However, if the guys still need to get on the fragile roof, here are several basic safety precautions to take as recommended by roofer insurance companies: use edge protection, spread load bearing using staging and guard rails, and install safety nets.

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