Safety Begins Before the Metal Roof or Gutter Installation Does
Let’s talk seriously about your safety procedures. Standing seam metal roofs are an increasingly popular roof option for residential construction because of their durability and energy efficiency. As with roof work, using any type of materials, construction employees working at heights of 6 feet or more must be protected from slip and fall hazards.
You must continuously emphasize slip and fall safety to your workers. You must also provide fall prevention training to the workers before allowing them to work above 6 feet.
Over the last few years, metal roofing and gutter contractors have been focusing on job site safety. And rightfully so! As insurance premiums rise, it is important that your installation crews follow the proper safety precautions. It is also critical that your crews be trained and retrained on a regular basis regarding these safety procedures. Failure to do so could cost your company a great deal of money or worse.
These safety procedures are not just limited to the installation process. They may also include the use of required safety equipment or the proper protective clothing.
This is not a new issue! Job site safety has been an important part of the home improvement and building construction industry for quite some time.
But safety does not just begin and end on the job site.
It is equally as important that your crews arrive to and from the job site safely as well. Their vehicles should be properly maintained, and all traffic laws should be followed to the letter. This means that crews should not be distracted while driving to and from the jobs. So there should be NO phone calls, texting, eating, drinking or filling out paperwork while on the way to or from the job site.
Many companies are opting to install video cameras on their vehicles. They record both the driver’s activities, as well as a view out the back and the of the vehicle. This is a great way to insure that your drivers are not distracted. Also, the exterior views may come in handy in the unfortunate event of an accident, which may prove your employee was not at fault.
The footage can be seen in real time on your computer or phone so you can monitor the crews’ activities 24/7.
There are also other types of tracking devices to consider that can help you govern the driving speed, and insure the use of blinkers and proper breaking and turns. These methods can help you make sure your crew arrives safely to and from jobs.
Accidents are more common than you think and can cost you a fortune in insurance premiums and legal fees.
Sure, job site safety is very important, but you also want to keep your employees safe while traveling back and forth.