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Safety Evolution on the Jobsite: A Guide for Contractors in the Roofing Industry

John Kenney October 2023 influencer
October 31, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

MCS Influencer John Kenney discusses how safety in the roofing industry has evolved and what contractors need to consider.

Like many sectors in the construction realm, the roofing industry has always placed a significant emphasis on safety. Over the years, the advancement in technologies, materials and methodologies has continually reshaped our approach to ensuring that every worker returns home safely at the end of each day. As a seasoned professional in the roofing domain, I've witnessed firsthand the metamorphosis of safety measures and protocols. Here's a concise overview of how safety is evolving on the job site and key considerations contractors should be keenly aware of:

1 - Embracing technological advancements 

One of the most profound changes has been adopting innovative technologies to enhance job site safety. From wearable tech, such as smart helmets with augmented reality (AR) capabilities, to drones that perform site inspections without putting a worker at risk, technology is becoming an ally in our pursuit of zero incidents. 

Drones, in particular, have transformed how we approach preliminary site evaluations and ongoing inspections. A drone can capture high-resolution images and videos, providing valuable data and lessening fall risk. 

2 - Enhanced training modules and virtual reality (VR) 

The days of solely relying on traditional classroom-style safety training are behind us. Today, many roofing contractors are investing in Virtual Reality (VR) to simulate real-world scenarios. This immersive experience allows workers to virtually navigate potential hazards on a roof, practice emergency responses and hone their skills in a controlled environment. 

3 - Focus on mental health and fatigue 

Safety isn't just about the physical environment. There's a growing understanding that mental health plays a pivotal role in ensuring job site safety. Fatigue, stress and distractions can be just as hazardous as a loose nail or an unsecured ladder. 

Recognizing this, progressive roofing companies are now incorporating measures to address mental well-being. This includes regular check-ins, providing access to counseling services and training supervisors to recognize the signs of mental fatigue. 

4 - Enhanced material safety and ergonomics 

The choice of materials and tools plays an instrumental role in safety. Manufacturers are continually innovating, producing lighter yet durable materials that reduce the strain on workers. Ergonomic tools, designed with the user's physical comfort in mind, minimize the risk of repetitive strain injuries, making it easier and safer for workers to execute their tasks. 

5 - Rigorous regulatory adherence 

With the construction sector under more scrutiny than ever, roofing contractors must remain updated on the latest regulations. OSHA, for instance, regularly updates its guidelines, and non-compliance can lead to hefty fines and potential safety risks. A proactive approach to regulatory adherence and regular audits ensures roofing contractors stay ahead of the curve. 

Conclusion 

As the roofing industry evolves, so does our understanding and approach to safety. Embracing these changes is not just a matter of compliance, but it's about ensuring the well-being of everyone on the job site. Contractors must remain vigilant, proactive, and willing to invest in the latest safety tools, training and methodologies to safeguard their teams and reputations. By doing so, they not only protect their workforce but also ensure the longevity and success of their businesses. 

John Kenney is the CEO of Cotney Consulting GroupSee his full bio here.



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