We asked the Confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC) for some tips on how roofers can remain safe and avoid any on-site accidents. Prolonged exposure to the cold can heighten the risks of accidents, as well as illness.
Below are CORC’s top tips for working in cold weather conditions:
- Always stay up to date with the weather forecast and prepare for the weather conditions.
- Always check wind speeds in the area you are working. Winds higher than 23 mph will affect a person’s balance so you should stop working if wind speeds rise beyond this.
- Wear gloves and a hat if it’s practical to do so (bear in mind that you shouldn’t wear a hat under a safety helmet). Wearing gloves and keeping your hands and arms warm will reduce the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), a condition caused by working with vibrating tools.
- Take plenty of breaks in a warm place, drink plenty of warming drinks and consider job rotation.
- Ensure you’re wearing reflective PPE when visibility is reduced. It’s better to wear several thinner layers than one thick layer. Waterproof and windproof layers should be on top.Choose water resistant footwear with slip resistance or ice grips.
- Carry out daily risk assessments on site.
- Always know when to stop. Don’t put yourself at risk to complete a job.
The symptoms of cold exposure are: heavy shivering, coldness which is uncomfortable, severe fatigue, aching, drowsiness and/or confusion. Please seek medical help if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
DO NOT work on roofs in snow or ice.
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