Keeping Safe On Winter Worksites
As a roofer, you feel the brunt of Mother Nature in good weather and bad. Blazing heat, wet and slippery, and coming soon … bone-chilling cold. As colder weather sets in, it brings its own set of challenges for roofers working out in the elements. Here are some essential cold-weather tips for roofers to ensure safety, comfort, and optimal performance. Whether these are new to you, or a repeat from years on rooftops, it’s a good time to learn or review.
Layered Clothing: Dress in layers to trap heat close to the body. Use moisture-wicking base layers to keep sweat away from the skin, insulating layers for warmth, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect against the elements.
Insulated Gloves: Invest in insulated, waterproof gloves to keep hands warm and dry. Cold hands can reduce dexterity and increase the risk of accidents, so it’s essential to prioritize hand protection.
Footwear: Wear insulated and waterproof boots with good traction to prevent slips and falls. Cold feet don’t just lead to discomfort, it causes decreased focus which are a primary cause of accidents.
Head and Face Protection: Wear a warm hat or beanie to retain heat and use a face mask or neck gaiter to protect the face from cold winds. These accessories help prevent heat loss from the head and provide added comfort (and focus—see above!).
Regular Breaks: Don’t wing it, schedule regular breaks to warm up and avoid overexertion. Extended exposure to cold temperatures can lead to fatigue and increased risk of cold-related injuries.
Stay Hydrated: This sounds like a summertime tip, but dehydration can occur in cold environments, and staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining energy levels and overall well-being. So, drink plenty of fluids, even in cold weather.
Warm Meals and Beverages: Hot tea, coffee, or soup help maintain body temperature and provide a psychological boost in cold conditions.
Tool Maintenance: Don’t forget, cold weather can affect the functionality of tools. Regularly check and maintain tools to ensure they operate smoothly in low temperatures. Lubricate moving parts and keep tools clean to prevent freezing.
Anti-Slip Traction Devices: In icy or slippery conditions, use anti-slip traction devices on boots to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
At Marco, we’re proud to provide some of the most important and valuable parts of your metal roof system, from ventilation to underlayment. But we know the most valuable thing up there—by far—is you. No matter how many years you’ve been roofing in the cold, one slip (mentally or physically) could lead to an accident. So, take care of yourself! Be safe up there.
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