Roofers working in Dangerous Conditions
According to OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration), falls from roofs accounted for nearly 1,200 deaths between 2003 and 2013. Any time a roofer goes on an inspection, no matter how routine, there is an associated risk. While death may be the worst thing to happen while on the job, the costs associated with other injuries such as broken bones can greatly increase liability costs. All of this can be reduced or eliminated by using drone technology to inspect roofs.
According to Simplified Safety, here are a list of ten of the top roofing hazards when a person goes on top of a roof:
- Roof Stability
- Ladder Security & Placement
- Weather Conditions
- Roof Holes
- Edge Awareness
- Improper Training
- Improper Use of Fall Protection Equipment
- Poor Line of Sight
- Split Level Roofs & Fall Heights
Drones do not take the roofer out of roofing, but rather drones enable a roofer to analyze and perform normal inspections from the safety and comfort of the ground. On a typical BetterView inspection a licensed drone operator arrives and flies a computer calculated pattern over a roof. The drone imagery is incredibly detailed and the photos are taken from a variety of angles and heights. This imagery is then uploaded into our system for roofers to use their decades of on the job experience to evaluate.
Due to many of the risks outlined above, many roofers are unable or unwilling to survey roofs in “dangerous” conditions. These can include, but are not limited to, roofs which are wet, have a steep incline, or a roof which may have catastrophic damage. Avoid dangerous situations and make sure you get the right analysis done on your roof.
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