Reputable Fort Worth roofing professionals spend quality time at each property to survey all structural elements, from roof slope type to shingle layout. For any major renovation, contractors must put safety first. Initial evaluations give them a chance to qualify the project as mild, moderate or extremely challenging, for example. As a result of their analysis, contractors wear and use specific safety gear products to keep all workers safe from harm.
Ladders are the fastest routes onto the rooftop, but they pose safety challenges as workers use them repeatedly through the day. For the best safety conditions, contractors secure ladders at their top sections. They'll use straps or metal connectors to hold ladders firmly to roof edges. Roofers must still use caution climbing up and down the ladder, however, but their overall safety dramatically improves.
Fall protection usually comes in the form of five point harnesses. Contractors wear strong leather straps wrapped around their torsos, for example. Harnesses connect into rooftop anchor points. Harness and anchor strength combine to support a fallen worker along the rooftop. As a result, roofers have a chance to regain their footing while saving themselves from potential injury.
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Some homes have extreme surface angles forming dramatic vaulted ceilings inside the structure. For severe rooftop pitches, contractors usually add safety nets along roof edges. Contractors wear their harnesses to secure them on the rooftop, for example, but nets provide another safety mechanism in case of serious falls. Safe and secure contractors are able to perform their work accurately and efficiently, making safety gear an important part of any project.
Homeowners may notice narrow lumber lengths being hammered into place on rooftops. These horizontal wood pieces are referred to as foot guards. It's difficult to walk on rooftops for several hours at a time, so guards provide a solid area to support roofers' weight. Without foot guards, contractors are more vulnerable to missteps and fatigue. Ideally, a roof should have several foot guards spaced along the surface for optimal contractor use.
Roofers normally use safety gear based on a given project's physical challenges. Low slope rooftops, for example, are much easier to walk on compared to steep slope designs. As a result, roofers use extra safety gear on a steep slope project and minimal items for low or flat surfaces. Homeowners should ask specific questions of on site personnel about safety gear if there are any concerns. Every roofing project must be safe for everyone on the property.