Here’s a hurricane recovery hazard you didn’t think of
Reinforced plastic tarps, commonly called “Blue Roofs,” provide temporary protection for the roofs of homes and other buildings damaged during severe weather such as a hurricane or tornado.
However, when employees access roofs to install these tarps, they are at risk of falls, electrocutions, and other hazards.
OSHA has issued a new fact sheet containing steps that employers can follow to help keep workers safe.
- Assess the roof condition/stability prior to allowing employees to start work. Do not allow employees to work on top of a damaged roof until after the strength and structural integrity of the roof has been determined.
- Never install a tarp during a storm while it is windy or raining.
- Watch for tripping hazards including vent stacks, satellite dishes, lightning arresting components and cables, and cleats holding down the tarp.
- Do not walk on a tarp. A tarped roof will be very slippery, especially when wet.
For more information on how to work safely with “Blue Roofs,” click here for the fact sheet.