Safety is Our Primary Concern
Great Lakes Roofing is committed to making sure our crews work safely on every project.
We follow closely the recommendations of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for commercial roofing. These recommendations encompass such topics as scaffolding requirements, fall protection, and ladder safety.
Additionally, fall protection takes center stage in commercial roofing safety, as falls are one of the leading causes of death in commercial industries. According to the National Safety Council, over 6,000 people die from falls each year caused by such factors as falling off roofs and ladders. And to emphasize the importance of safety in the commercial roofing industry – more than 30,000 people are injured annually as a result of falls involving ladders.
In order to prevent falls and make the commercial roofing workplace safer, OSHA has created specific safety guidelines for commercial roofing companies:
- The employer shall determine if the walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely.
- Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.
- Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes, as well as being protected from objects falling through holes.
- 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, the use of a safety monitoring system alone [i.e. without the warning line system] is permitted.
- Each employee on a steep roof with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems with toeboards, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.
Great Lakes adheres to these guidelines and conducts additional training on a regular basis in workplace safety and the safe application of roofing materials. We value our workers and want them to be productive and safe on your job site.
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