Are your employees safe?Workers die every year from falling at the workplace. You can keep your employees safe with a properly secured roof.
First you need to determine the frequency your rooftop is access Are there going to be people visiting the roof every day to service the skylights are gutters? When a rooftop is visited frequently multiple fall protection systems should be in place.
Safety rails are considered the most essential roof fall protection system. Every edge of the rooftop needs to have a safety railing accompanying it. Frequently there are potential hazards that require a safety railing but never get one. An example of this would be a skylight. Skylights can be a wonderful addition to any building. These specially crafted windows are also potential falling hazards.
A guardrail should be in place around any and all skylights on top of your roof. In addition to a safety rail make sure employees are properly trained on how to clean the skylights. There are both permanent and temporary safety railing options. Most commonly a permanent guardrail is found on the perimeter of the roof. Temporary construction sites usually implement a portable guardrail. It is easy to install a temporary guardrail. The portable guardrail will close off 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. In addition to a guardrail you can use 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. Active roof fall protection system helps when a fall has already occurred. The horizontal lifeline will prevent the fall from being completed. With active roof fall protection there is still a risk of injury. The hope is that with the implementation of a horizontal lifeline no fatalities will happen. When a worker falls off of a roof or horizontal lifeline can absorb some of the shock. Proper training is required for using a horizontal lifeline.The worker must be properly secured and placed in the body harness.
A lot of companies will offer a free quote to determine your rooftop needs. An expert will be able to notate all of the hazards present on your rooftop Receiving guidance from an experienced individual can save you time and money. Your employees will be safe with a properly protected rooftop. It is best to prevent workplace injuries before they happen. Safe employees are happy employees.