If you don’t have any experience of working on a roof, and you don’t have the necessary tools and equipment to do so – then you should almost definitely enlist the help of a qualified professional to do so. Having said that, working on a roof for certain tasks can be done in some circumstances, and it’s for these that the below tips will be most relevant.click weblink
1. Safety harnesses – A simple and yet important tip is to use safety harnesses wherever possible. These can range from a ladder harness to a full roof-mounted or scaffold harness – and can be purchased from large DIY stores. Using a safety harness will allow you to access areas of the roof with the added security of the harness should you slip or fall while on the roof.
2. Precautions for the weather – This tip is something that should be common sense to most people, but precautions should be taken to accommodate for the various weather conditions when working at heights. If there has been rain or snow (or it is currently doing so) then avoid accessing the roof at all, as the nature of the roof surface will make it very dangerous. If there are high winds, it is still possible to work on the roof but a safety harness is definitely needed should you attempt to do so.
3. Equipment positioning – Once on the roof, you should be aware of the positioning of your equipment and tools and all times. Aside from the potential of your tools falling down to hit you if badly placed, there is also other people’s safety to consider, as misplaced tools and equipment may fall off the roof.
4. Gutter awareness – When you are working at the base of a roof, it can often be easy to forget how fragile the guttering around the house can be, and it is often tempting to rest against it with your body weight. Guttering is notoriously very easy to disconnect or even break, so be careful when on the roof not to stand on the gutter, leave tools in the guttering, or to rest your ladder against it.
5. Body positioning – Whilst on the roof you need to be aware of your positioning (both physical positioning and the position of your body), as sudden changes in the weather could cause gusts of wind to blow you off the roof if you are not properly secure. Avoid working at the edges of the roof whilst on the roof if possible, and use a ladder to work around the edges. You should also be careful not to stand too much while on the roof, and keep a lower centre of gravity to avoid the wind from causing too much damage to yourself.
If you are going to be working on a roof in the future, it is important to consider the safety tips noted above. Where possible you should look to work with a partner (one up, one down) and take as many safety precautions as possible. Using scaffolding is often one of the safest ways to work on a roof, as it provides the stability and security needed to access the roof without putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
Above all else, don’t work on the roof if you do not know what you are doing – even if you are just curious to have a look. Professionals are trained in working at heights and will have the correct safety equipment to do so.