Safety is of utmost importance when working on a roof. There are many ways that you and other workers can remain safe while working on flat or slanted roofs. Here are some of the safety tools and hardware that can be used to ensure a safe working environment while working on a roof:
Roof Anchors and Horizontal Safety Cables: Eye and ring brackets can be installed on the top pitch of a slanted roof to provide a series of roof anchors. A heavy cable can then be looped through these roof anchors to create a horizontal safety cable that runs the top length of the roof. You can tie yourself to this horizontal safety cable to prevent falls when working on a roof. Equipment and ladders can also be tied to this horizontal safety cable to hold them in place and keep them from sliding down the roof to the ground. Once installed, these roof anchors can remain in place and you can remove the horizontal safety cable until it needed again.
Roof Brackets: Roof brackets are metal triangular supports that slide underneath roof shingles and are attached with screws to roof rafters. These brackets come in different sizes and can be installed in multiples horizontally across a roof. After installing the brackets, a standard piece of lumber (such as a 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" piece of wood) can be attached to them to create a temporary upright fence to catch anything that may slip and slide on a slanted roof. These brackets can be quickly attached before starting a job and quickly removed after work on the roof is completed.
Full Body Harness: You can wear a full body harness that ties around your chest and under each leg near your groin. When working on a roof, you can attach yourself to the horizontal safety cable at the top pitch of your roof to prevent yourself from falling. Attachment to this safety cable can be made with a sliding ring so that you can be continually connected to the safety cable as you move to different areas of the roof.
Rope Grabs: Ropes can also be attached to the horizontal safety cable to firmly hold tools and equipment in place and keep them within easy reach on different areas of the roof. These rope grabs can have metal adjustment slides to tighten around different shaped tools and equipment and shorten or lengthen their position on the rope. A rope grab is also a good way to secure a ladder to the pitch of a roof.
Safety Nets: Safety nets can be positioned under the edge of a roof to catch hand tools and other equipment that may slip and fall while working. These safety nets can be attached to the eaves of a roof and other vertical structures such as nearby buildings and trees. These nets work well in small courtyards and enclosed patio areas.
If you work on your own roof or hire a contractor to work on your roof, you can use these tools to ensure a safe working environment. If you hire a contractor, check with them to find out what safety equipment they will be using and how you can help them remain safe while working on your roof. With a little research and planning, you and other workers can work safely on any roof. Contact a company like American Building & Roofing, Inc. to learn more.