Over the past few years, summer temperatures have been higher than average. Anybody who works outside (e.g. Workers for roofing companies must also take extra steps to stay hydrated and cool. The U.S. Department of Labor says that many people don’t realize the importance of this until they are suffering from heat-related illnesses. There are steps you can take to make sure your employees understand this importance and don’t become sick or die from it.
Watch The Weather
You can stay on top of weather conditions by checking the forecast regularly. You’ll need to try to avoid the sun if there is to be too much of it. As the sun moves around, you will start your day by working on the west side. Then, move to the east. If rain or thunderstorms are predicted, be prepared to close down quickly – before your roof safety concerns arise due to a slippery roof.
Stay Cool and Steady
The U.S. Department of Labor states that employees should take a water break every 15 minutes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, roofing workers should take 15-minute water break each hour. You should also provide a brimmed hat and loose-fitting, lightweight clothing for your roofing company employees. Remember to use an SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Check for Heat-Related Illness
Knowing the signs and symptoms of heatstroke is an important aspect of roof safety. These are:
- Body Temperature of 104 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Throbbing headache
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Flushed appearance
- No sweat
- Rapid pulse or heart rate
- Changes in behavior or mental state (e.g. confusion, slurring speech, irritability)
These signs should be exhibited by anyone who is able to. The situation should be reported to your roofing company supervisor so that they can dial 911 if necessary.
Keep Routine Safety Protocols
Rooftop safety should not be overlooked just because it is too hot. Extra harnesses and hard hats are essential, as falls are the leading cause of injury at construction sites.
Be Careful with Tools and Supplies
Be cautious (e.g. Wear gloves when handling stacks of shingles, as they might have been exposed to the sun for a long time. They may not be able to be carried safely if they have been rained upon. They can also be damaged by direct sunlight, making them dangerous to walk on. Tools, especially metal ones, that have been left out in the sun can cause burns. They should also be kept in the shade.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roof Repair! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.