Keeping the roofers safe

You might be appalled to find that your roofing contractor insists on erecting scaffolding and safety equipment when he’s working on your roof, but there is good reason.

Any work carried out at height is dangerous, and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, roofers account for 24% (by far the biggest group) of contractors who are killed by falls from roofs.

Any reputable roofing contractor will want to keep their guys safe, so they will abide by the HSE rules –and that probably means scaffolding and protective structures to stop anyone (or anything) falling off the roof.

Oh, and it also says that no work should be carried out in icy, rainy or windy conditions.  So if your roofing contractor says he can’t work because of the weather, he’s probably just being safe.

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