Safety For Roofing Contractors in Australia

Safety Tips For Roofing Contractors in Australia

Roofing Contractors - Safety Tips and Advices

The safety practices advised by the Workplace Safety and Health Administration (WHS) for roofers have new regulations because of the increase in recorded deaths of workers falling from rooftops between the years 2003 and 2010. The new instruction will rescind the 1999 Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines – which allows employers for residential construction to use alternative methods in fall protection – and employers must now comply with the new regulations as outlined by the Workplace Safety and Health Administration.

Please note whilst this advice in given for Australian workers, these roofing safety guidelines should be followed in all countries, please contact your local council for regulations relevant to your location.

Residential Construction

The National Regulation states that every employee that would engage on any residential construction activities that are 6 feet or above should be protected by guardrail, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems. The employer should have the appropriate fall protection plan for employees for a particular workplace situation. It is also advised to have a first aid officer available on construction sites.

Roofing is a Major Investment

Generally most new roofing or roof replacement work is not cheap. The last thing home owners want is an accident happening on their property. Profession al roofing contractors have an obligation to protect themselves and others on the property. Customers need the peace of mind knowing the company they choose to install a new roof is following all the required safety measures and guidelines as outlined by the Government. Trevor Bransden, a local roofing contractor from Pro Build Roofing Brisbane, commented “We take safety extremely seriously, before any project starts we do an audit on all workers to make sure they have the correct equipment and safety clothing with them at all times, I’ve seen roofing accidents before and it just isn’t worth the risk”. “Roofing can be a dangerous job, even small slips can mean disasters and tragic consequences for both workers and people around the area” he added. For more advice from a roofing contractor you can visit Trevor’s website.

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The safety practices advised by the Workplace Safety and Health Administration (WHS) for roofers have new regulations because of the increase in recorded deaths of workers falling from rooftops between the years 2003 and 2010. The new instruction will rescind the 1999 Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines – which allows employers for residential construction to use alternative methods in fall protection – and employers must now comply with the new regulations as outlined by the Workplace Safety and Health Administration.

Please note whilst this advice in given for Australian workers, these roofing safety guidelines should be followed in all countries, please contact your local council for regulations relevant to your location.

Residential Construction

The National Regulation states that every employee that would engage on any residential construction activities that are 6 feet or above should be protected by guardrail, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems. The employer should have the appropriate fall protection plan for employees for a particular workplace situation. It is also advised to have a first aid officer available on construction sites.

Roofing is a Major Investment

Generally most new roofing or roof replacement work is not cheap. The last thing home owners want is an accident happening on their property. Profession al roofing contractors have an obligation to protect themselves and others on the property. Customers need the peace of mind knowing the company they choose to install a new roof is following all the required safety measures and guidelines as outlined by the Government. Trevor Bransden, a local roofing contractor from Pro Build Roofing Brisbane, commented “We take safety extremely seriously, before any project starts we do an audit on all workers to make sure they have the correct equipment and safety clothing with them at all times, I’ve seen roofing accidents before and it just isn’t worth the risk”. “Roofing can be a dangerous job, even small slips can mean disasters and tragic consequences for both workers and people around the area” he added. For more advice from a roofing contractor you can visit Trevor’s website.

Roof Safety - Harness, Helmets, Boots and Gloves

Safety equipment that is always necessary, but not limited to includes:

  • Eye protection
  • Safety netting
  • Safety harness
  • Roof anchors
  • Ladder stabilizer
  • Guard rails
  • Roof brackets
  • Rope
  • Working gloves
  • Scaffolding

 

The safety of roofing contractors should never be taken lightly. It is best to invest on the proper safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems.

Knowing how to do the job while following safety precautions and techniques ensures a trouble free project. There is no reason for serious injuries or even death.

If accidents do occur when the right safety measures are in place , generally the damage is kept to a minimum.

Further Reading:

The above article is for reference only. To find out more about the safety for roofing professionals in Brisbane please visit the WHS Regulations By The Queensland Government