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Maintaining Safety During the Height of Roofing Season

Posted by Maura Slater on May 26, 2015


The harsh freeze-thaw cycles of winter are over and the spring rains are winding down, which can only mean one thing: it’s roofing inspection season! Similar to those flat-tire causing potholes on the road, severe weather changes can also wreak havoc on any roofing system. But, getting a leak fixed or a new roof installed is not enough. Companies need to protect themselves by making sure the appropriate safety protocols are followed throughout a roofing project, from inspection to installation.

Roofing Inspections

As soon as spring hits, roofing inspections rapidly increase. More often than not, roofing projects start when a company contacts a provider, which triggers the initial inspection to determine costs and overall project needs. Typically, there are two, different kinds of inspections that can take place:

  • A service crew inspection happens when a customer contacts a roofing provider to investigate a leak.
  • A technical inspection occurs when a customer contracts for a new roof. A technical representative meets with the building owner to understand the need for a new roof, and determines how old the roof is, if there are any leaks or any other faulty areas.

The details of the inspection, and next steps, vary by provider. But at CentiMark, a company founded on a culture of safety, they do everything possible to secure job sites during the inspection process. For example, they perform internal decking inspections first to make sure the roof is stable and safe. Also, they conduct pre-job inspections with an operation manager and field supervisor. And,during a pre-project walk-through, the project leader makes teams aware of dangerous areas on the roof.

Costly Mistakes

After an inspection, it’s time to move onto the roofing project, right? Wrong. There are countless procedures and protocols that must be followed in order to make sure that the roofing project is carried out in a safe manner, post-inspection. Most companies rely on their provider for this support, since they internally are not aware of roofing hazards.

At this point, many companies try to cut costs by using a provider that does not have a lot of safety equipment, for an immediately cheaper job. However, this common misconception that safety is too expensive can result in 10 times the cost of the original project if the provider hits a power line, fails to shut off an intake vent or injuries result from faulty safety procedures.

Playing it Safe

This is where using a trusted provider like CentiMark really makes an impact, as they make it their mission to exceed industry safety standards. For example, CentiMark banned Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandated “safety monitoring systems” years ago due to their inherent flaws. For example, the “monitor” can get busy or look away, which causes an unsafe working environment. Instead, CentiMark uses three, different practices throughout their organization to ensure safety:

  • Positioning systems that force workers to “tie-off” and therefore avoid restricted areas.
  • Guardrails that fasten to the side of a building and prevent someone from falling of the edge of a roof are used on projects whenever the leading edge permits.
  • Safety teams that are made up of 23 safety specialists and 28 branch safety inspectors apply safety standards and trainings across all CentiMark branches and regions.

A roofing project supported by industry leading safety experts is clearly the way to go. It is also important, however, to create and maintain a relationship with your roofing provider. That’s where the Corporate United and CentiMark partnership comes in. With preferred pricing, asset management and group and individual rebates, the CU-CentiMark partnership ensures that members receive the best product, at the best price, with the best account oversight. Interested in learning more? Contact your member development representative to get started with your roofing program.

This blog post was a collaborative piece between Corporate United and our supplier partner, CentiMark. We thank CentiMark for providing valuable information that guided this discussion.

Topics: Facilities, Roofing, CentiMark

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