Roofing Safety | Public Communication, Fall Protection, OSHA Rules, Work Zone
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Roofing Safety | Public Communication, Fall Protection, OSHA Rules, Work Zone

January 5, 2020

David: You know, single-family homes, like
we have here today, is pretty easy. We can, kind of you know, make sure that we’ve
got danger tape around to keep them out of the area. It’s easy because they know what’s going on,
it’s their house, we’re actively taking care of what they’ve hired us to do. Where we have real issues with that, can be
apartment buildings, where there’s lots of people coming and going. So, we want to make sure that we always have
restricted areas to keep them out of harm’s way, but also, so that they can get back and
forth of their apartment. That’s what they want to do. So, making sure that we’re not so rigid that
they can’t get in and out of their of their house, of their apartment. So, we look at that, kind of put plans together
depending on what we got concerning, and making sure that we do have a restricted zone that’s
clear. And so, we’ll put up the danger tape, cone,
stanchions, and so forth to make sure that that’s clear, and they can easily see the
path to their apartment. Juan: Before we start a job, when doing tear
off, or even when we’re shingling, we like to use caution tape around the building, or
around the area where we are going to be working. Just to get people aware that falling objects
might be happening during the day. And then, there’s usually signs too that say
�men working�, above. We use that around the building as well. Matt: When we are working in a multi-tenant
complex or an apartment complex, what we’ll typically do is we will post a warning sign
on the windows, of the doors that go out to the public areas, that say �work is being
performed in this area, please be aware of the crew,� or caution signs, or whatever
we put on that warning label. What we’ve also done is send to those apartment
complexes a letter that the property managers can then give to all the tenants, making them
aware of a roofing project that’s going to be happening, so that they can be aware and
look out for things. Really, what we’re looking out for are the
kids that are just running around, having fun. They like to come and watch people work on
the roof. So, we send those letters out to try and notify
parents, and that to watch out for their kids. In all aspects of roofing, you’re going to
have either a loading point or you’re going to have a drop point, because you either have
to get materials up on the roof, or you have to get them off. So, in order to protect the public, what we
will do is we will set up cones and a designated area with red danger tape so that the public
at least is aware that there’s something dangerous going on in that situation. It doesn’t always stop people from walking
through your hazard zone, but in those situations, if we’re doing a drop, we typically have at
least one employee on the ground that has a hardhat, that has a vest on, and then they
will be watching to try and keep the public out of that danger area while material is
either getting loaded or dropped, in either case.

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