Monthly ArchiveAugust 2018

Ladder Safety Checklist

 

Ladder Safety When Roofing

Just like any other item that is used for maintenance and home construction, ladders are also tools. The ladder safety statistics shows that more than 300 people die each year, because of improper ladder use. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates on ladder safety that requires inspection and ladder training to roofers, who use ladders every day. The purpose of the OSHA regulations is all about spreading awareness among the roofers and other workers about the risk and how they can prevent them. Ladder safety is the most common citations during OSHA inspections, and to avoid penalties or fines be sure to follow the ladder safety regulation.

·      Check your surroundings:

Before taking one step on the ladder, be sure to check your surroundings. Check the ladder placing spot and make sure the spot is clear to place the ladder. Make sure that the ladder is not interfering or harming any gutter system the house as attached.

·      Ladder Inspection:

It is extremely important to inspect your ladder for any damage or defects. Inspect the hooks, rails, rope, footpads, and rungs to prevent any damage. Also make sure that the ladder has no oil or grease on it that might make it slippery. In case you are using a wooden ladder for roofing, check thoroughly for any weak spot as these ladder are not long lasting.

   Ladder Safety Tips

  1. Make sure to secure the ladder from top and bottom.
  2. Make sure to place the ladder on secure base.
  3. Ladder should extend at least 3ft (90 cm) above the access level of the roof.
  4. Make sure to set up the ladder at a slope of 4 – 1 which means one foot back for every four feet up.
  5. Do not carry any tools and materials in your hand when climbing up or down.
  6. Always make a three point contact to climb up or down a ladder which means two feet and one hand on the ladder or two hands and one foot.
  7. When climbing face the ladder always.
  8. Make sure that your foot wear is clean.
  9. If someone is already on the ladder never steps on until they stepped off.
  10. Keep an eye out for electrical lines, when moving a ladder from one place to another.

What you Need to Know About Roofing Scaffolding

How to Set Scaffolding for a Roofing Project

It is much easier to work from scaffolding because it is stable, it has a wide work platform and it also provides a wide reach. Using roof scaffolding will save your time because you don’t have to constantly move a ladder. Before starting your work it is important to know about, how to set roof scaffolding. See ARS Restorations for more information on proper scaffolding practices.

Step 1. Rent Scaffolding: If you want to work on the roof then consider renting scaffolding because it can provide a large and stable work platform, where you can put materials and set up the tools.

Step 2. Assemble the Base and Frame: For a solid foundation, put the base plates or casters on the top of lengths of 2 x 10 lumber to stop them from sinking. Adjust the screws properly to level the scaffolding.

Step 3. Add Guardrails and Planks: Use only special scaffold planks to provide cover from side to side. Then install the rails and guardrail posts, nail or screw the corners together and attach them to the base.

Step 4. Scaffolding Tips and Accessories: The Casters will allow the scaffolding to move easily but before that take a few precautions:

  • First diagonally install a horizontal brace between the outside frames to keep them square.
  • Avoid moving scaffolding with materials, passengers and tools on the plank.
  • Before climbing the scaffolding, lock the casters.
  • Avoid overhead electric wires.

Different Types of Scaffolding

 

  1. Birdcage: The birdcage scaffolding is normally use for one level only. This scaffolding is easy to assemble and it can stand on its own which makes its perfect for smaller projects.
  2. Supported: This is the most common type of scaffolding as it can be seen on many construction sites. It is supported by the building and it is normally built from the floor up. This is the most safest and convenient form of the
  3. Cantilever: This type of scaffolding is used to reach the top of the buildings and for tight corners. It is recommended to wear harness if you are working on this type of
  4. Single pole: It is a single pole scaffolding which is used for minor projects.
  5. Rolling Scaffolding: It is a light frame scaffolding
  6. with the wheels attached to the base, which allows it to roll from one side to another.