The roofing trade works in a very dangerous environment. The stories are all true; some of the injuries people have suffered from working on roofs are truly horrendous. Roof work requires expertise, proper safety gear and an instinct for knowing a roof is risky.
Even a minor repair job can be a trip to a long, painful recovery. You may not even get a chance to fix the roof.
Roof Hazards, Explained
The hazards of working on roofs are many, and they’re all dangerous:
- Slippery, wet, roofs: Wet roofs aren’t just covered in water. They’re also covered in dust, leaves, mould and other things. When these materials get wet, you might as well be walking on butter. One slip can have you over the edge, or even through the roof!
- Structurally unsound roofs: The problems with roofs may be inside, not outside. A single weak support can give way, and you could have a drop through not only the roof, but the ceiling, as well. Not very appealing, is it?
- Gaps in roof tiles: Gaps are not a good sign, ever. If a roof has gaps, it means water has had a chance to get in and the whole roof under the tiles could be compromised. The roof may not be able to take any weight being put on it.
- Tiles out of alignment: If anything’s worse than gaps, it’s a whole section of tiles out of whack. This means that the entire section of roof is risky and probably likely to give way if you breathe on it, let alone walk on it.
- Dodgy guttering: This is common in older homes, where, as you’d expect, nobody has bothered to do any work on the guttering for years. This dilapidated guttering is likely to cause leaks. The guttering itself may give way because it’s probably not securely fixed to the roofing. Do NOT grab hold of iffy guttering or put any stress on it.
- Roof interiors: The fun doesn’t stop inside the roof, either. A roof interior can be just as dangerous as the exterior. Signs of trouble include discolouration on timber beams, mouldy smells, which means wood rot, and other entertaining but potentially lethal problems. Forget it, and don’t breathe in that mouldy air, either, it can get nasty.
- Parts of the roof move when weight is put on them: This is all the warning you’ll ever get about unsafe surfaces, inside or out. Roofs aren’t supposed to move at all. If they do, something has been weakened and is therefore unsafe by definition.
- Old roofs: Some old roofs are pretty tough, but they’re likely to have had time to develop a lot of problems, too. Be extremely careful even inspecting an old roof. Preferably, don’t get up on the roof, period.
- New roofs: Don’t assume that because a roof is new, it must be OK. If there are problems, it’s obviously not OK to start with, and it only takes one insecure footing to be extremely dangerous.
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