June is National Safety Month: Roofing Industry
June 17, 2020
Choosing the Right Roofer
Safety is critical both inside and outside the workplace. As such, the United States’ leading non-profit safety advocate, the National Safety Council (NSC), has designated each June as National Safety Month®. National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries at the workplace to anyplace.
While National Safety Month typically highlights accidental injury from falls, crashes, and other preventable events, in 2020 with the COVID-19 coronavirus, safety expands its meaning to elevations not experienced or considered previously.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Falls account for the third-highest total unintentional deaths each year in the United States. Fatalities resulting from falls are surpassed only by poisoning (including deaths from drugs and medicines) and motor vehicle crashes.
Beyond fatal injuries, the top three leading causes of work-related injuries are (1) overexertion and bodily reaction, (2) slips, trips, and falls, and (3) contact with objects and equipment. Combined, these three causes account for more than 84% of all nonfatal injuries involving days away from work.
Fall safety should be a top priority. Construction workers are at the most risk for fatal falls from height, but falls can happen anywhere, and it is essential to recognize potential hazards, both on the job and off. Plan and use the right equipment.
Overexertion and bodily reaction include:
- Non-impact injuries: Result from excessive physical effort directed at an outside source; common activities include lifting, pushing, turning, holding, carrying, or throwing
- Repetitive motion: Microtasks resulting in stress or strain on some part of the body due to the repetitive nature of the task, typically without strenuous effort such as heavy lifting
Slips, trips, and falls include the following types of events:
- Slips and trips without falling; injuries occurring when a worker catches himself or herself from falling due to slip or trip
- Falling on the same level; includes tripping, slipping, falling while sitting, and falling onto or against an object on the same level
- Falling to a lower level; includes falling from a collapsing structure, falling through surfaces, and falling from ladders, roofs, scaffolding or other structures
- Jumping to a lower level, which is different from falls because they are controlled and voluntary
Contact with objects and equipment, including:
- A moving object striking a worker
- A worker striking against an object or equipment, including bumping into, stepping on, kicking, or being pushed or thrown onto an object
- A part of a worker’s body being squeezed, pinched, compressed or crushed in equipment, between shifting objects, between stationary objects, or in a wire or rope
- A worker being struck, caught or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material
- A worker being injured as a result of friction or pressure between the person and the source of injury
- A worker being injured from vibration
Falls are Preventable
Whether working from a ladder, roof, or scaffolding, it’s essential to plan, assess the risk, and use the right equipment. First, determine if working from a height is necessary or if there is another way to do the task safely. For a roofer, climbing onto and off a ladder, and working on a roof is essential.
Millions of people are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year. A fall can end in death or disability in a split second, but with a few simple precautions, you’ll be sure to stay safe.
Here are some tips according to the NSC for anyone using a ladder:
- Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed
- Make sure you are appropriately trained on how to use the equipment
- Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job
- Make sure you have level ground to set up the equipment
- If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather
- Use the correct tool for the job, and use it as intended
- Ensure stepladders have a locking device to hold the front and back open
- Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder
- Place the ladder on a solid surface and never lean it against an unstable surface
- A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge
- Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to an upper support
- Wear slip-resistant shoes and don’t stand higher than the third rung from the top
- Don’t lean or reach while on a ladder and have someone support the bottom
- Never use old or damaged equipment; check thoroughly before use
As of June 9, 2020, cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, have surpassed 7.1 million worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with more than 1.9 million cases and 111,000 deaths in the United States.
While there has been relaxing in the stay-at-home order, we are committed to the safety of our staff, our partners, and our customers.
Metro City Roofing – Focusing on Safety
Metro City Roofing is a proud member of the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Colorado Roofing Association. As part of our membership, we focus on safety and staying current with safety regulations.
We are also certified with the International Code Council (ICC). Roofing ICC certification companies have completed rigorous national standardized testing on roofing code requirements and safety regulations.
All our sales and project management staff are licensed independent adjusters and have earned the All Lines Adjuster License. A contractor who possesses the All Lines Adjuster License must complete extensive studies and pass a test to become licensed. This license includes property and casualty for residential, commercial, automobile, farm & ranch, inland marine, ocean marine, and Workers’ Compensation. Earning this license certifies that an individual can handle many insurance lines and genuinely represent the most comprehensive license available. We can best inspect and assess damages, with the same lens that your insurance adjuster will.
Metro City Roofing is fully licensed and insured for your protection, and all of our new roof installations are warrantied and certified.
We carry General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance. For some steep-slope roof inspections and videos we share with homeowners, we fly a drone. To ensure we’re protecting homeowners property, we carry Drone Insurance too.
In 2020, following the COVID-19 coronavirus, Metro City Roofing is abiding by social distancing requirements, including maintaining proper social distancing, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and more. We are committed to ensuring our customers are safe and offer no-contact services, even completing contracts and signatures electronically. Safety is our top concern.
Metro City Roofing has taken the SafeAtWork pledge with the National Safety Council to:
- Never compromise my own safety or the safety of my co-workers to get the job done
- Actively look for hazards, promptly report them, and take appropriate action to warn others
- Be a good safety role model for my friends and family even when off the job
Selecting the Right Roofer
The following lists numerous options to protect yourself against a fraudulent roofing contractor.
- Search for an established, licensed, and insured local contractor with a federal tax identification number and a permanent address. The roofing contractor’s office address should be one you could visit, not a month-to-month coworking space.
- Ask your contractor for its license number and confirm the accuracy and current standing with your city or county building department. Any reputable roofing company would be proud to share this information with you.
- Validate the roofing contractor is legally registered to conduct business in Colorado at https://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessEntityCriteriaExt.do
- Beware of any roofing contractor who knocks on your door following a storm. Many legitimate roofing contractors do not conduct business this way.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the roofing contractor you are considering hiring – http://www.bbb.org/denver
- Request references (and check them) from previous customers. A quality roofing professional will be proud to provide references.
- Research the roofing company’s online reviews and testimonials. While many companies lean towards Google as the default for online reviews, you can check with the Better Business Bureau, HomeAdvisor, and more.
- Ask your roofing contractor to review with you any documents to be sent to your insurance company
- Validate your roofing contractor completes all work before making payment in full
- Avoid pressure to sign a contract immediately, and ask your roofing contractor to review it in detail with you
- Make sure the contract includes the scope of work and roofing products to be used, including manufacturer, and approximate dates of service, and a statement that allows the property owner to cancel the contract if the insurance claim is denied in whole or in part within 72 hours.
Why Metro City Roofing?
Metro City Roofing is your hassle-free answer to professional roofing services – residential roofing, commercial roofing, restoration, and roof repair. We are hail damage and wind damage roofing experts and have perfected the insurance claim and roof restoration process. Our staff is state-licensed independent adjusters, which allows us to evaluate your property with the same lens as an insurance adjuster. Our professional roofing services staff will settle your hail or wind insurance claim directly, including possible code-related requirements, to ensure that you receive all funds owed to you.
Metro City Roofing provides the best professional roofing services in metro Denver and across the Front Range. We install the highest-quality roofing materials and aim for your complete satisfaction at every stage of the roof replacement process. As a professional roofer, we aim to deliver outstanding customer services and approach every roofing project we manage like it is our own home.
We are experts in all types of roofing systems, including asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofing (standing seam, metal shingles), wood shakes and wood shingles, tile roofs (slate tiles, concrete tiles, clay tiles, synthetic tiles), and flat roof materials (modified bitumen, TPO, EPDM), and more.
We are family-owned and operated and live year-round in the same Colorado community as you.
We continually strive to differentiate from our competitors in the following ways:
- Licensed inspectors who inspect your roof and property with the lens of an insurance adjuster; all commercial roof inspections include an evaluation with an infrared camera
- Professional insurance claims experts who settle your hail damage or wind damage claim successfully
- Expert sales representatives who help customers select the best roof for their home or business
- Quality project managers who provide expert supervision on every roofing project
- Experienced roof installers who are certified, fully insured and committed to delivering high-quality craftsmanship
Long-term warranties that cover roof material and quality and are backed by manufacturers