Ladder safety on roofs in bad weather
Posted on 16th Mar, 2012 | By Lorretta Tatham
Fall protection is necessary on all roofs, including flat ones.
It is sometimes necessary to remove snow and ice build-up to prevent structural damage or collapse.
When using portable roof ladders to remove ice and snow or to conduct repairs. When working with ladders, workers should:
– While on the ladder, use slip resistant footwear.
– All the rungs on the ladder must be completely free of oil, grease and ice
– While travelling up and down the ladder, face it, and hold on using both your hands.
– Keep at least one hand on the ladder at all times.
– If you are working around electricity, never use a metal/aluminium ladders.
– Roof ladders must be extended at least three or four feet above the roof itself.
– Tie down the ladder at the support point.
– Use a ladder feet or another method to ensure the bottom of the ladder is non-slippery.
– Do not work from the top few rungs of a ladder.
– Do not overreach in either direction. This will unbalance the ladder
– The correct slop of the ladder should be 4 (vertical) to 1 (horizontal).
Visit the ladder safety section for more information.