Basic Safety Tips for Roofing Tools

Roofing can be a very dangerous job in the construction field and requires special roofing tools. To avoid damage or injury, you should enforce tool safety. This article will go over a few basic hand tool safety guidelines as well as general safety information for you to observe while working on a roof.

Working with a Ladder

You will likely use a ladder as one of your basic roofing tools. Follow these safety tips for your ladder:

  • Carefully inspect your ladder before placing it against the house. Look for anything that can be dangerous, including bent metal, loose screws and broken or missing rungs.

  • When you place the ladder, choose a flat, level spot of ground for the ladder's base.

  • Get on and off the ladder several times to help set the feet in place.

  • Always keep your hips between the rails of the ladder and never lean out to the sides.

  • Only have one person on the ladder at a time.

  • Never stand on the top two rungs.

  • Make certain that the top hooks of the ladder, if your ladder has them, are secure.

  • Pull your supplies up the ladder with a rope; never bring them up with you.

Hand Tool Safety

Safety while using roofing tools can save your life and the lives of others. Follow these suggestions to increase your safety:

  • Air knife: You use this tool to cut thick laminate shingles. It uses compressed air, and the hook is heat-tempered. Never use this tool going toward yourself, always away. Work gloves are also a good idea when you use this piece of equipment.

  • Hammer stapler: Instead of nails, this pneumatic tool attaches shingles with staples. Always wear textured gloves and maintain a tight grip on this tool.

  • Pry bar: Wear a good set of work gloves and eye protection when you use this tool to remove shingles.

  • Roofing hammer: The roofing hammer looks like a traditional hammer with a more axe-like function. Take great care to have a strong grip on this tool. As with other roofing tools, wear eye protection.

  • Roofing nailer: The nailer plunges nails into wood at a high speed. This tool can easily cause serious injury. Always be certain the safety is on when you set the tool down. When you are done for the day, be certain to fasten the safety and remove the compressor hose. Wear eye protection and a helmet when you are operating a nailer.

  • Shingle saw and utility knife: Used for manual cutting, these tools should always be used to cut away from you and not toward.

The Roofer's Wardrobe

What you wear directly impacts how safe you are working. Consider wearing the following protective gear:

  • Knee pads

  • No-slip shoes

  • Long pants

  • Long shirt

  • Eye protection

  • Heavy work gloves

  • Safety harness

  • Neck protector

  • Helmet

The clothing listed above will help save your body from needless wear as well as keep you firmly on the roof.