Roofing Safety

Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps: “Plan, Provide and Train.” The best form of accident insurance is accident prevention. It’s important to do the following with each new job:

  • Inspect each job site before the work begins for possible hazards
  • Overhead electrical lines
  • Unstable ground conditions for ladders or scaffolding
  • Others
  • Make sure all workers are aware of any hazards before beginning the job
  • Adhere to OSHA safety and fall protection standards.

The best form of accident insurance is accident prevention

OSHA Safety and Fall Protection Standards

1926.501(b)(10) “Roofing work on Low-slope roofs.” Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this section, each employee engaged in roofing activities on low-slope roofs, with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or a combination of warning line system and guardrail system, warning line system and safety net system, or warning line system and personal fall arrest system, or warning line system and safety monitoring system. Or, on roofs 50-feet (15.25 m) or less in width (see Appendix A to subpart M of this part), the use of a safety monitoring system alone [i.e. without the warning line system] is permitted.


1926.500(a)(1) This subpart sets forth requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces covered under 29 CFR part 1926. Exception: The provisions of this subpart do not apply when employees are making an inspection, investigation, or assessment of workplace conditions prior to the actual start of construction work or after all construction work has been completed.

Roofing Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

  • Have a safety plan and checklist and use them
  • Create policies and procedures to ensure safe roofing practice
  • Help employees know what to do in case of an accident
  • Help your roofing business reduce costs by preventing accidents
  • Wear footwear that provides good traction such as rubber-soles shoes with good ankle support
  • Do not attempt to work in bad weather or on a wet roof
  • Do not touch wires crossing over the roof
  • Extension ladders should have proper locking devices and bee in good condition
  • Place the ladders art safe angles (1 ft out per 5 ft up) on stable foundations
  • Ladders must extend past the edge of the roof by 3’ minimum
  • Brace ladders used on the roof deck to the roof structure
  • Avoid leaning away from a ladder to work. Move the ladder as required
  • As the work proceeds, keep the deck clear of unnecessary debris to avoid tripping hazards
  • Always use the proper tools for each segment of the work

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