We all know that protecting against potentially fatal falls is a top priority during rooftop work. However, roofs are littered with slip and trip hazards that are often overlooked but are most responsible for non-fatal injuries. Don’t make the mistake of only protecting your workers from fatal rooftop falls and not protecting them from slips and trips.
In 2020, 805 workers died in falls and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off from work. A worker doesn't have fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 136 workers were killed in falls on the same level in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. What’s concerning is the fact that these slips, trips and falls are preventable.
While a fall from a rooftop can end in death, a slip or trip on a rooftop can cause a long-term disability in a split second. By taking the time to identify rooftop hazards and put a solution in place, you'll ensure your team stays safe.
Slip Hazzard Protection
OSHA Code: 1910.22(c) Access and egress. The employer must provide, and ensure each employee uses, a safe means of access and egress to and from walking-working surfaces.
• A rooftop walkway system can be used to create a safe, anti-slip, level walkway for workers who need to access a roof in the course of their work.
• A guarded walkway is a fall protection solution consisting of walkway and guardrail which can be installed quickly and easily on a wide variety of roofs. It is a compliant approach that eliminates the fall hazard typically present when workers are exposed to an unprotected edge of a rooftop.
Trip Hazard Protection
OSHA Code: 1910.22(a)(3) Walking-working surfaces are maintained free of hazards such as sharp or protruding objects, loose boards, corrosion, leaks, spills, snow, and ice.
• Rooftop crossovers offer a solution where step sections are adjustable and versatile enough to be used on sloped roofs. The benefit of using this system is that it does not a penetrate the roof membrane.
• Small obstacles such as conduits or cables can become a large tripping hazard on a roof. Mini stepovers create a safe way to cross roof obstructions.
Kee Safety is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of the people that rooftop managers are charged with protecting. We have multiple fall protection solutions that address all the possible dangers that your people face every time they access the roof. We’re always working to develop the highest level of rooftop safety solutions for your team. Regardless of your business size, we have a quality solution to help protect your workforce from hazards.
Contact us for a free rooftop safety audit that will help you assess and solve all your work-at-height hazards.
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