Can you confidently say your employees are properly protected?Every year preventable workplace fatalities occur from falls. You can help prevent these injuries by properly securing your roof.
First you need to determine the frequency your rooftop is access Will your employees be going up there on a weekly basis to clean the gutters or skylights? It’s a good idea to have multiple fall protection systems in place for a rooftop that is frequently visited.
A safety railing is the most basic roof fall protection system. Every edge of the rooftop needs to have a safety railing accompanying it. Frequently there are potential hazards that require a safety railing but never get one. One of these hazards include skylights. Skylights can be a wonderful addition to any building. These specially crafted windows are also potential falling hazards.
A guardrail should be in place around any and all skylights on top of your roof. In addition to a safety rail make sure employees are properly trained on how to clean the skylights. Guardrails can be either permanent or temporary. The perimeter of the roof is most commonly lined with the permanent guardrail. A portable guardrail is more often used for temporary construction sites. The portable guardrail is easy to install. The temporary guardrail can line the construction site. Simply by lining the construction site with the railing employee awareness will be raised. When an employee is aware of the hazards around them they are better protected.
Guard rails are just the start. In addition to a guardrail you can use an active roof fall protection system. The guardrail is passive and separates the worker from the edge of the roof. An example of an active fall protection system would be a horizontal lifeline. Active roof fall protection system helps when a fall has already occurred. The horizontal lifeline is in place to stop the fall once has already started. The fatality may be avoided but a worker can still become injured. The hope is that with the implementation of a horizontal lifeline no fatalities will happen. When a worker falls off of a roof or horizontal lifeline can absorb some of the shock. Employees need to be properly trained on how to use a horizontal lifeline.The employee must make sure to properly wear properly secure themselves.
You can request an expert to examine your rooftop needs. An expert will be able to notate all of the hazards present on your rooftop Having the help of an experienced company will save you time and money. With a properly protected rooftop your employees will be safe. You can get ahead of the game by stopping workplace injuries before they happen. Safe employees are happy employees.