Our latest blog is on a more serious note in comparison to our more recent posts, as we want to highlight the severity of proper health and safety when it comes to roof repair, and using (in)experienced contractors.
Now this may seem like an obvious statement to make, but you would be surprised at how many people promote themselves as what they call ‘experienced’, but this will always do more harm than good.
Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height. Roofers make up nearly a quarter of all workers killed in falls from height at work. Falls through fragile materials, such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more of these deaths than any other single cause.
At this time it’s important to point out that not all those who are killed while working on roofs are trained roofers: many people accessing roofs are maintenance workers. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities.
Let’s use a leak as an example. When someone sees water coming through their ceiling, they feel like they need to get up there immediately to check out the problem, or even attempt to repair the issue, but standing on a wet roof or damaged area, can be extremely dangerous, with the main warning signs not being visible to the untrained eye.
We’d like to make a point that the untrained eye can belong to someone who has spent time on roofs before, but this doesn’t mean that they know the signs of a hazardous section that should not take any extra stress.
Walking on the wrong part of a roof, slate or tile can also cause further damage. Untrained roofers may not understand the best way to circumnavigate a roof safely and without causing damage. Luckily Andy, our resident roofing expert, has had over 20 years experience working with roofs in all manners of conditions, and knows exactly what to look for when dealing with such situations.
Related post: The effect of regular maintenance on property costs.
To summarise, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you get in touch with the right professionals with sufficient experience, and also how important an Annual Roof Survey is, to avoid not only paying bigger costs in the long run, but to avoid serious injuries, or even worse.
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