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Which safety devices do you use? [37 vote(s)]

harness
27.0%
stabilizer
43.2%
roof anchor
8.1%
vent pipe anchor
10.8%
bucket truck
2.7%
ladder hook
8.1%


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You gotta make sure youre guys arent hanging on the ropes. You dont wanna create leaks at the roof flange for the plumbing vent.

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Anything requiring the harness will be done by me ... I'm only planning to initially have them do easier roofs from the ladder. I put together a nice employee training manual and will be placing a much stronger emphasis on implementing the proper structure. I failed miserably last year once my main guy left for the police academy. It includes job description, responsibilities, incentives, etc so everything is very transparent. Every employee will be put through the same training program (ladder safety, chemical application, etc) and I expect that to increase the productivity of all my employees. That said, I'm not delusional and success will be contingent on a lot more factors than training, specifically luck.

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Mike,

The following points were highlighted on the Roof Access course I did lately. This course was organized by my local council. I have just recently managed to get some work from them. The Council organized this course for all of its contractors working on roofs, such as carpenters, brickies, plasterers etc.

1) If someone working on a roof has an accident, collapses or whatever and is left dangling off of the roof on a harness you have less than 15 minutes to get him down. The reason is that the blood flow will be restricted in the legs by the harness. The heart pumps the blood to the legs, and the movement of the leg muscles pump it back to the heart. If the person dangling on the harness isn't moving the blood gathers in the legs and this prevents the blood from flowing back. This in turn leads to the brain becoming starved of oxygen. A person can go into a coma and die within 15 mins.
2) If you do get the person down after a few minutes, even though they may feel fine they should be made to sit down with their backs to a wall with their knees bent up. This prevents blood laden with toxins surging back up from the legs causing damage to kidneys etc. This surge of blood can also cause a fatal heart attack. An ambulance (paramedics) should be called prior to starting any rescue.

There are probably sites on the net with a lot more information on this. This is the main reason I intend to incorporate the rescue system into our method of roof cleaning.

I hope this will lead to a discussion on the proper use of harnesses and other safety gear if it hasn't been discussed already.

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Guys shouldnt be doing roofs alone. I think there would be a liability if a guy wound up dangling to his death because he was alone.
Mike, sounds like what your putting together is an employee handbook. I put one together for 2013. I learned a few good lessons in 2012. You can download a few handbooks online and customize them for your business and state. If anyone has handbooks theyd like to exchange for ideas, hit me up.

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Roof Cleaning New Jersey wrote:

Guys shouldnt be doing roofs alone. I think there would be a liability if a guy wound up dangling to his death because he was alone.
Mike, sounds like what your putting together is an employee handbook. I put one together for 2013. I learned a few good lessons in 2012. You can download a few handbooks online and customize them for your business and state. If anyone has handbooks theyd like to exchange for ideas, hit me up.


I'm putting the finishing touches on mine. I'll email it to you this week! Yeah 2012 was a good learning experience for me, fortunately not a costly one but I'm anxious to hit the ground running this season.



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hickeys45 wrote:

Mike,

The following points were highlighted on the Roof Access course I did lately. This course was organized by my local council. I have just recently managed to get some work from them. The Council organized this course for all of its contractors working on roofs, such as carpenters, brickies, plasterers etc.

1) If someone working on a roof has an accident, collapses or whatever and is left dangling off of the roof on a harness you have less than 15 minutes to get him down. The reason is that the blood flow will be restricted in the legs by the harness. The heart pumps the blood to the legs, and the movement of the leg muscles pump it back to the heart. If the person dangling on the harness isn't moving the blood gathers in the legs and this prevents the blood from flowing back. This in turn leads to the brain becoming starved of oxygen. A person can go into a coma and die within 15 mins.
2) If you do get the person down after a few minutes, even though they may feel fine they should be made to sit down with their backs to a wall with their knees bent up. This prevents blood laden with toxins surging back up from the legs causing damage to kidneys etc. This surge of blood can also cause a fatal heart attack. An ambulance (paramedics) should be called prior to starting any rescue.

There are probably sites on the net with a lot more information on this. This is the main reason I intend to incorporate the rescue system into our method of roof cleaning.

I hope this will lead to a discussion on the proper use of harnesses and other safety gear if it hasn't been discussed already.


Thanks for the info and even though there's plenty of info on this board discussing safety, IMO there can never be too much. I'd never have an employee or even myself go on a roof without anybody present. We don't even climb ladders unless somebody else is there.

When I'm on a roof, if my helper isn't paying close attention, or heaven forbid I catch him texting, he definitely feels my wrath. 



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Mike, Im glad you started this topic because I too need to really up the ante with safety and put together a proper kit and safety procedure, as well as handouts to reach the level required by the council.

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Make sure you have a suspension trauma release device or relief step safety device or Emergency descender.

Trauma can occur within minutes and the average rescue time is 15 minutes.

OSHA does not require these devices as of this time, from what I was told, but very possibly will be required in

the near future !!

Either way I would never be without one if I  am working or hunting !!!



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