Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Don’t Cut Corners on Safe Rooftop Material Loading

September 22, 2017

Roofing contractors are being challenged on a daily basis. I notice firsthand that contractors are trying to be more competitive by trimming production times, managing quality control, and adhering to strict safety requirements. This effort to complete a job quickly while maintaining a safe job site at times can be overwhelming and conflicting to a contractor.

These competing forces can be extremely dangerous when not carefully monitored. An example of this is when roofing materials cannot be staged on the roof and instead are delivered to the ground. This presents the contractor with the dilemma of how to deliver the material to the rooftop. Few OSHA agencies permit contractors to carry roofing materials while climbing a ladder (see this OSHA ladder safety article for guidelines.) The American Ladder Institute (ALI) recommends utilizing the “Three Point-of-Contact” method when climbing a ladder, keeping hands free and focused on climbing.

With these regulations and recommendations in mind, as well as the weight of the load, roofers are left with the following options:

  1. Rent/own a crane
  2. Rent/own a telescopic forklift
  3. Purchase a non-powered hoist (e.g., Roofmaster hoisting wheels, Laddermasters, or hand powered hoists)
  4. Purchase a powered hoist (e.g., Reimann & Georger hoists)

300lb 14′ Non-Swing Hand Hoist w/Ballast Tray

Options 3 and 4 are the cheapest and the most popular within the roofing industry and an area where Roofmaster can provide expert advice and service. Most non-powered hoisting equipment have a load limit of 150 pounds, whereas some powered equipment have a max load of 400 pounds. Roofmaster has manufactured OSHA compliant non-powered hoisting equipment since 1972. In addition, Roofmaster has been a preferred distributor of Reimann & Georger (now RGC) powered hoisting equipment since the 1950s.

 

One of the most popular and efficient powered hoists is the PRO Platform Hoist with a Honda motor. This product can easily be transported in a pickup and set up on site with 2 people. The PRO400 can lift loads up to 400# as low as 12 ft (28 ft unit), or as high as 40 ft. (44 ft unit). These units can be used indoors (electrical motor version) in warehouses, construction sites, etc., where cranes, forklifts, or other lifting equipment make not be possible, and outdoors (gas engines), to lift materials or equipment to higher elevations.

Speak with a Roofmaster salesperson today to learn more about how our lineup of hoisting equipment can help increase job site safety.

 

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Keep Your Roof Hatch Openings Safe!

December 9, 2011

Any opening in a roof deck like a roof hatch is a hazard to employees or contractors if left open. Proper protocol is to close the hatch after going up through it, but most times this is not done leaving a dangerous hazard for someone to fall through it. This is in violation of OSHA’s standard 29 CFR 1910.23 and 27 that requires compliance for safe ingress and egress through hatch openings in the roof.

An accessory item is now available to place a safety fence, or rail, around the hatch to prevent accidental falling through the opening. This Safety Guard Rail is clamped around the roof hatch thus eliminating any need for screws or bolts. This also protects the roof deck since nothing is mounted on the roof; it’s mounted on the hatch body itself. A chain is secured across the opening to the roof hatch opening on the safety rail. This system can be easily installed at the time the hatch is installed or years afterwards.

Construction is 1-5/8” OD tubular galvanized steel with an exterior grade powder-coat giving many years of rust-free service. Each safety system is size specific to the roof hatch size. Most typical sizes will fit roof hatch sizes like a 2’6″ x 2’6”, 2’6” x 3’0”, or 3’0″ x 3’0”. Other sizes also are available.


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