4 Essential Roofing Safety Tips

Aug 29, 2017

4 Essential Roofing Safety Tips
  • Get A Professional To Do It

Simply put, If you are not a professional roofer, you should not be roofing a house on your own. Roofing, or re-roofing, a house is not an easy job, and it is certainly not a DIY job. Find and hire a roofing contractor who is licensed and insured.


  • Do Not Underestimate Safety Clothing

Builder Worker in safety protective equipment on pipe rack construction site

Clothes should not restrict your movements in any way, that is why wearing loose-fitting clothes that are comfortable is crucial for roofers. 

Here is a list of essential clothing items and safety gear a roofer should have on while on the job:

  • Protective headgear
  • Goggles
  • Rubber-soled shoes or boots
  • Helmet 
  • Safety harness


  • Pay Attention To The Weather

roofer working on roof structure of building on construction site in the sun

While working on a roof, you are constantly exposed to the elements. Unfortunately, lots of things can go wrong that way, but you can avoid them mostly by just being mindful of the weather and using common sense. For starters, avoid wet and watery roofs, do not go on a roof while it is raining, snowing, or when it is windy, and try to put off non-emergency roofing jobs till after winter. 

You should also be careful not to get a heat or sun stroke while working. Stay hydrated; and take water breaks every 15 minutes, as per The U.S. Department of Labor recommendations. It is also wise to dress appropriately; wearing light colors and loose and lightweight clothes is recommended, in addition to sunscreen. 


  • Use Proper Safety Equipment

A builder installs a safety guard around the roof of a new building

In addition to the previously mentioned safety gear, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure that the roofing job is safe. These precautions include:

  • Roof Jacks (also known as Toe holds): Usually nailed into rafters for support.
  • Roof Ladder: Allows roofers to reach shingles between rows of scaffolding more comfortably. 
  • Gutter Guard: Keeps ladder steady in place, in addition to protecting gutters. 
  • Warning Line Systems: Visibly warns roofers that they are approaching an unprotected area, side, or edge, using stands and flag lines.
  • Guardrails (or barriers): Placed on the roof’s edges, walkways, and/ or perimeters, in order to protect workers from falling.
  • Fall Protection Cart: Works as a personal fall arrest system, a fall protection cart allows the worker connected to it to move around the roof edge and moves along with him. It prevents him from falling and stops him from falling if he was about to. 
  • Lifelines: Ropes that connect to an anchor either vertically at one end, it horizontally at both ends. They are flexible and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that they have at least a breaking strength of 5,000 pounds.

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