By Brandon Strawder, The RIDGEPRO®.
To a home or commercial building owner, roofers often make the job look easy. They scurry up ladders and along steep surfaces carrying tools and materials. Shingles mount up in neat rows across hips and through valleys. The casual observer doesn’t perceive the inherent dangers, either obvious or hidden.
Each year there are too many reports of roofing accidents where all safety precautions seemed to be in place. Tragically, in too many cases, lives were lost or career-ending injuries occurred. What went wrong? Often, the cause is a loss of situational awareness on the roof or at the jobsite as a whole. This formal sounding term means nothing more that being totally conscious of your immediate situation, understanding the risks and anticipating the hazards of current and ever-changing conditions as work proceeds.
Anyone can all become blind to everyday dangers and often the most mundane risks are the cause of serious falls and injuries. When a roof is especially steep or shingles are extremely worn, seasoned roofers notice and are on alert. When the job seems routine, that’s when accidents happen. Make a mental checklist and go through it each day and before every ascent. You need to be the first and best advocate for your own safety.
Take advantage of tools that will make the job safer and easier. The RIDGEPRO® is the premium device in steep-slope roofing safety. Our mission is to dramatically reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in steep-slope roofing applications. For more information visit: www.theridgepro.com.
About Brandon Strawder
Brandon Strawder is the CEO of Strawder Family Innovations, a US company whose mission is to dramatically reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in steep-slope roofing applications. The company’s flagship product, The RIDGEPRO®, is the premium device for steep-slope roofing safety. Brandon possesses real world roofing experience and holds an B.A. from Otterbein University and a certificate in Marketing Strategy and Brand Development from New York University. His combination of practical roofing experience and management expertise has fueled the company’s growth and reputation in diverse industries including roofing, solar panel installation, pest control, and insurance claims adjusting.
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