Better Safe than Sorry: Safety Measures in Commercial Roofing
Looking for a commercial roofing contractor who prioritizes safety? Finding one can be as easy as A, B, C … and D.
A safety-conscious roofer will follow these guidelines:
Well before work begins, a commercial roofing contractor should ask the building owner or property manager plenty of questions. Where is the roof access and who has access to it? How are the building and the surrounding area used each day? Does the building have any existing safety issues? Are there any potential environmental hazards? The contractor should gather as much information as possible to prepare a thorough safety plan for the roofing team as well as those in and around the project site.
Bonded and Insured
A contractor who is bonded has made financial arrangements with a third party to protect the customer in the event that the contractor does not finish the project, leaves problems uncorrected, or fails to pay for labor or materials. A bonded contractor will be able to provide a bond number and certification as proof that the company is bonded. The contractor should also have an insurance policy that guarantees that you, the customer, are not liable in the event of property damage or an on-site accident. A Certificate of Insurance (COI) serves as proof of coverage, and you can—and should—ask to see it. You’re taking a tremendous risk if your contractor has not taken the appropriate steps to protect you. Before hiring a roofer, do your homework.
Each state has its own licensing requirements for roofing contractors. In the state of Illinois, the contractor must have a person serving as the “qualifying party” who takes an exam to demonstrate an understanding of various roofing systems, general roofing preparations and materials, and safety protocols. Licensure in Illinois also requires evidence of unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance, proof that a bond has been posted, and proof of property damage and personal injury insurance. A license demonstrates that the roofer has done what is necessary to be recognized as a professional in their industry and to protect his or her business and customers.
There’s no finish line for preparedness, especially when it comes to roofing. A high-quality roofing contractor will never stop updating and reviewing safety protocols with employees. Regular safety trainings and refreshers should be a core part of business operations. Some contractors might even arrange for unscheduled third-party inspections to ensure employee compliance to safety standards. When it comes to keeping people and property safe, you can’t cut corners. Find a contractor who never does.
In your search for a skilled and safety-minded commercial roofing contractor, think A, B, C, D. Safety first, always.
Ridgeworth Roofing is a fully licensed, bonded and insured commercial roofing company whose leadership and employees prioritize safety at every step of a project. At Ridgeworth, quality and safety go hand in hand. Give us a call today.