HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CLEANING A ROOF
All work carried out on roofs is highly dangerous, even if a job only takes a few minutes. Precautions are needed to control the risk.
Those carrying out the work must be trained, competent and instructed in the use of the precautions required. A 'method statement' is the common way to help manage work on roofs and communicate the precautions to those involved.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Anyone involved in managing or carrying out work on roofs should be aware of the following facts:
- High risk: One in five deaths in the construction industry, is caused by working on roofs.
- Main causes: The main causes of death and injury are falling from roof edges or openings, through fragile roofs and through fragile roof lights.
- Equipment and people: Many accidents could be avoided if the most suitable equipment was used and the professionals you seek are trained for working at heights.
Safe access when roof cleaning requires preparation, particularly where work progresses along the roof.
Typical methods to access roofs and equipment:
- Scaffolding towers
- Ladders & Cat Ladders
- Harnesses and rope access
HIRING A CONTRACTOR
Make sure the contractor you hire is...
- Trained in roof cleaning
- Trained for working at heights
- Check company background
- Check reviews of previous work