Do your employees have all the protection they need?Annually, businesses experience workplace fatalities from falls. With a properly secured roof you can prevent this from happening to you.
A great place to start is by determining how often employees will visit the rooftop. Will workers be visiting the rooftop every week to service the gutters or clean the skylights? When a rooftop is visited frequently multiple fall protection systems should be in place.
The most basic roof fall protection system is a guardrail. Every edge of the rooftop needs to have a safety railing accompanying it. Some areas need a safety railing but are never noticed. For example skylights are a hazard. Skylights are beautiful and allow natural light into the workplace. These specially crafted windows are also potential falling hazards.
Having a proper safety railing around skylights is important. Even with a guardrail and safe employees will need to be properly instructed on how to clean the skylights. There are both permanent and temporary safety railing options. It’s a widespread practice to have a permanent guardrail on the perimeter of the roof. A portable guardrail is more often used for temporary construction sites. The portable guardrail is easy to install. The temporary guardrail can line the construction site. Simply by lining the construction site with the railing employee awareness will be raised. Safety and awareness go hand-in-hand.
Safety guardrail protection systems are just the start. Another kind of safety system is an active roof fall protection system. The safety railing is a passive barrier separating the worker from the edge of the roof. A horizontal lifeline is a type of active fall protection. An active roof fall protection system refers to protecting a worker from a fall that is already in action. The horizontal lifeline will stop the worker from hitting the ground. Even with the horizontal lifeline an injury still can occur. The idea is that a fatality can be prevented. The shock created by the fall will be mainly absorbed the horizontal lifeline. Proper training is required for using a horizontal lifeline.The employee must make sure to properly wear properly secure themselves.
Many companies that specialize in roof fall protection will come to your workplace for free. A professional will be able to easily identify any hazards you might overlook. With the help of a professional you can save money and time. Your employees will be safe with a properly protected rooftop. You can be proactive in preventing workplace injuries. You and your employees will be happier with your secured rooftop.