Why Hiring an Award-Winning Roofing Contractor That Focuses on Safety is Important for Homeowners
Roofing is a dangerous job that must be done safely. Have you ever worried about the safety of the workers doing your roof? Can you be held responsible? The answer is not always clear-cut, but hiring a roofing contractor that focuses on safety is important for homeowners.
It is generally accepted that if a homeowner hires a contractor to replace a roof, the responsibility of an accident resides with the roofing contractor. This is because the contractor is expected to know what precautions to take to avoid injury. If however, the homeowner demands the use or non-use of equipment, despite the desires of the installer, the liability may very well be that of the homeowner.
Or, consider this odd but true example. The homeowner, or a family member, ignores the working parameter of the roofing installation and inadvertently runs the family car into a ladder being used by the installer while working above the garage area. The best advice is to inform the installer of any known dangers that may be unusual, and then respect the needs of the roofing company to safely complete the job.
The best roofing company to hire is one that focuses on safety and is aware of the following:
- Roof Stability – Before installation, the roofer will determine the overall stability of the roof. If there is obvious rot, or holes in the roof, the underlying structure will need to be examined. The replacement of trusses and decking may be required in some cases, to ensure that the roof is stable. The position and condition of skylights will be taken into concern while doing the installation.
- Ladder Security & Placement – Experienced roofers will have the proper ladder lengths so that the ladders can be placed at safe angles with the house. Furthermore, they will take extra care that the footing of the ladder is secure and that the top is tied to prevent sliding. Other safety equipment may be needed, such as harnesses.
- Proper Training – Roofing is a trained skill that requires experience to fully acquire. The safety-trained roofer will double-check the work-site for potential dangers and resolve these issues before starting the job. During installation, the roofing company that properly trains its employees will demand that all safety precautions be taken. After the roof is completed, all tools, nails, and debris must be properly removed to prevent trip injury or accidents to car tires. Safety before, during and after the job protects the homeowner.
A roofing company that focuses on safety provides many benefits to the homeowner, including peace-of-mind. Russell Roofing is a premier, award-winning, safety focused, roofing contractor with more than twenty years of experience in the roofing industry. “If it’s Russell, it’s Right… Guaranteed!”