All safety conscious San Jose roofing contractors have the obligation to wear permanent personal protective equipment, for as long as they perform activities at height. This equipment eliminates the risk of accidents and falls.
The role of the individual protective equipment is emphasized in three clear situations:
- Positioning the worker during various operations
- Limitation of the worker’s movement towards the source of accident
- Keeping the roofer in a hanging position during certain working operations
The individual protective equipment will be chosen according to the role it has to play for each individual worker. Do not use non-standardized, counterfeit, non-approved or damaged protective equipment. For example, if workers need lifebelts that have been stored for longer periods of time, the belts must be dynamically tested, to make sure they can be used safely.
All roofers, as well as their onsite supervisors should also wear a protective hard hat. Just like the other types of protective equipment, the hard hat must be undamaged and should be worn even when working at lower heights. Comfortable all-in-one coveralls are also preferred instead of any loose clothing that may increase snagging potential.
In certain circumstances, roofers are also required to use ropes, safety nets and mobile elevating work platforms.