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What is a Toe Board and how do roofers stay safe?

Dec 11

Roofers understand the importance and safety of residential properties. Roofers must find creative ways to remain safe when working in areas that aren't suitable for human beings.

A toe board is a simple and effective way to ensure safety for roofers. can use different strategies depending on the type of roofer.

We take safety precautions no matter what size roof we have.

  • Toeboard: Board for your toes

The normal gable roof of your house is the inverted V that most people envision when they think of a house. It's designed to let the rain runoff and protect you from the elements.

Roofers need to be able to move around your roof while they are working, no matter what type of roofing material it is.

A long wooden board, usually a 24-inch length, can be used to create a walkway.

Toeboards must be attached to your roof. Make sure that there is a procedure for their removal to prevent any leaks.

  • Roof Support Brackets

Unlike toe boards, roof brackets allow roofers to create any size scaffold on the roof. Roof brackets are also called "roof jacks" and are made of metal that is covered with hardwood planks.

It is similar to a toeboard and requires you to hammer nails and screws into your roof. To prevent it from slipping, it should be properly installed.

  • Harnesses for safety

Roofers should also have a safety harness in their toolbox to avoid injuries. Most accidents are caused by contractors not providing the proper safety equipment or amateurs trying to fix the roof.

Safety harnesses might be required in some jurisdictions if the roof height is greater than 10 feet.

  • Ladders for roofing

Another important item for roofing work is a ladder. Your roofer should bring the correct ladder to your job site.

Secure the ladder to your roof. The ladder should be attached to the roof.

  • Proper Instruction

Safety goes beyond having the right equipment. Ask about safety practices when looking for a roofer.

They must keep current with all tools used on the job. Safety inspections and meetings will be necessary. Every employee should complete safety training as soon as they can. Every employee should be ready for anything.