If you are a homeowner planning a DIY (do it yourself) roof repair or replacement, here is some good advice for you. Don’t do it! Hire trained and professional Charleston roofers. Unless you have experience working on ladders and on roofs, it is really not advisable. This isn’t meant to frighten you or get you to hire a particular roofer in Charleston, SC. There are plenty of reasons and here are the main ones.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, around 500,000 people a year are treated for ladder-related injuries in the U.S., and 300 of these result in death. These injuries are just off ladders. When you add the number of accidents from actually doing the roof work, the picture starts to become clearer.
Lawyers are familiar with the dangers of roofing. No, not because they are sidelining as roofers, they certainly don’t need to do that. It is because of the many lawsuits they handle regarding both ladder and roofing accidents. Boston Roofing Accident Lawyers Altman & Altman have this to say on their website.
There is a reason why roofing is not widely considered a do-it-yourself kind of project. Roofing is a uniquely risky line of work. Most commonly, roofing accidents involve falls or burns from hot tar. Roofing accidents can be the result of insufficient safety equipment or training, failure to follow proper procedures, and OSHA violations. These accidents cause death or devastating injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord injuries, crushed or broken bones, and permanent disfigurement. A roofing accident can also crush the injured person and his or her family financially because these types of injuries require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and possibly psychological care.
Wow after reading that – why would anyone want to be roofer! However, you will notice the above quote says “failure to follow proper procedures.” If after all this you decide to still go ahead and do it yourself, then follow these OSHA safety tips on using a ladder and working on the roof.
Set up and climb your ladder properly:
• Place the base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall.
• Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
• Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder.
• Carry tools in pouches around waist; use a rope to raise or lower large items such as toolboxes or materials.
• Never allow more than one worker on the ladder at a time.
• Use only non-conductive side rails around live electrical equipment.
• Do not stand on cross bracing.
• Do not use the top or top step for standing/stepping.
On the roof:
• Never work on a wet roof.
• Keep the work area clean of dirt, tools, and debris.
• Wear safe footwear—soft-soled boots provide the best roof traction.
• When working on a steeply pitched roof, use a safety harness.
Hope these tips are helpful and you get your work done safely.