Commercial roofing projects can be dangerous, sometimes even deadly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the private construction industry experienced 721 fatal work injuries in 2011, of which 254 were caused by falls. Whether you have your own crew of commercial roofers or are looking for a commercial roofing contractor in Tucson, it’s important to prioritize safety above all else. West Coast Roofing is committed to safety in the commercial roofing field, and we would like to help spread the word to fellow roofing professionals. If you are looking for a roofing contractor and choose not to go with West Coast Roofing for any reason, we ask that you look for a contractor who follows these safety tips.
Safety Tip #1: Don’t Ignore the Weather
A quality contractor will always show up on time ready to work—weather permitting. Wind, rain, and lighting can create hazardous conditions that are unsafe for roofing contractors. Working through these conditions to meet a deadline can actually end up causing a huge disruption if anyone is injured as a result.
Safety Tip #2: Inspect and Maintain Your Equipment
There’s no room on a worksite for faulty equipment, especially when the worksite is on top of a roof. Commercial roofing contractors need to be in the habit of inspecting equipment throughout a project and repairing or replacing damaged or broken equipment promptly. Sadly, the piece of equipment that poses the single greatest risk to worker safety is also the most overlooked. Ladders need to be inspected daily and maintained according to OSHA guidelines.
Safety Tip #4: Put Safety First
It’s easy for contractors to say they put safety first on a worksite, and quite another thing entirely for contractors to actually prioritize their safety and the safety of their workers. Doing so not only prevent tragic accidents, but also helps keep largescale roofing projects on schedule and within the budget by minimizing costly delays due to worker accidents.
If you are in need of commercial roofing services, trust the professionals who actually put safety first: West Coast Roofing. All field personnel are required to take a 10-hour OSHA safety course, and every roofing project we complete is set-up to comply with OSHA safety requirements and guidelines. For additional information on our commercial roofing services in Tucson, please call us at (520) 241-2556.