In this episode, Daniel discusses the new OSHA requirements for roofer safety and why it might affect your choice of roofer.
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Shayla: Welcome to the Roof Life of Oregon podcast. I’m talking with Daniel today. Daniel, you said that there are some updates, when it comes to safety anchors from OSHA. So what are those?
Daniel: Yes, there are some updates. You know, OSHA is out there to protect us. They keep us from hurting ourselves. If you just let us just run crazy out there, a lot of roofing contractors would climb up on roofs, they’d fall off, they’d mess things up and hurt themselves. It was formed originally just for that, just to protect us, to make sure that we protect our employees, go home to our families. They constantly update the rules and they’re trying to do that for the better. Sometimes we may disagree, but it is for us.
The latest one that they just did is it used to be anything off the ground ten feet, you had to have a harness, someway of securing yourself. Well, they just recently changed that to four feet. I know that sounds crazy. That’s literally a stepladder. But they have changed that. And so that started making us think about what we see on the market. And we just watched roofers not far from here up on a three-story building for a week, roofing this thing with not a harness on one of them. We see it the market all the time. You’re required to have harnesses. A lot of builders are jumping on board now and they’re putting safety anchors on the roofs, but a lot of them still aren’t. So when you hire a roofer to work on your roof, if you don’t already have an anchor, request them to put an anchor up there, a permanent one, one that’s going to stay there. If anything happens, you can go up there and you can clip off to it. While they’re working on the roof, they can clip off.
When we install a brand new roof, we put it on every single roof, no matter how high up it is, no matter what pitch, put a harness ring on there. Accidents don’t happen on the steep, nasty, scary ones. They happen on the low slope, easy ones, because you’re over confident. You think, oh, this is an easy roof. And then you step off the edge. So safety anchors. It’s a really big deal. Make sure that roof has those put in it.
Shayla: And just one more thing to touch on, this is really important to the homeowner, especially doesn’t have insurance, right?
Daniel: That’s absolutely correct. Homeowners have landscapers climb up on their roof to blow off the roof. That landscaper’s not licensed to be up there. At least get them harness off. But, yes, that’s actually true. If they’re not licensed, that’s a big deal.
Shayla: Okay, so if you have any questions about any of these new updates from OSHA, please reach out to the team at Roof Life of Oregon today.