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Working at Heights and the Roofing Industry

Workplace fatalities have a tremendous impact on families, workplaces and communities. Falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces; the vast majority of these accidents are falls from heights. Even though the height may be no more than two or three metres, most workplace injuries and deaths have happened because fall protection equipment was either missing or not used; these accidents are unacceptable and preventable. Flat roofers are among a category of labourers whose lost time injury (LTI) rates are double, to almost four times higher than the average injury rates for the construction industry in general, according to a 10 year study by the WSIB and the IHSA. Here at Rauth Roofing Limited, we follow a stringent safety regiment that goes beyond the requirements of the Ministry of Labour in order to keep our employees safe.

Rauth Roofing Limited, as well as other employers in Ontario, must provide fall-protection training to workers that are exposed to fall hazards. As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a training program, such as Working at Heights, that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The Working at Heights Training Program Standard outlines the requirements that must be met by training programs seeking approval by the CPO. The purpose of the Working at Heights Training Program Standard is to establish a mandatory minimum standard for high quality and consistent training for workers who work at heights in the Province of Ontario in order to:

  1. Strengthen workplace safety culture by elevating the profile and importance of preventing falls from heights.

  2. Provide workers who may be exposed to the hazard of falling with adequate knowledge about fall hazards and general safety practices to work safely at heights.

  3. Provide workers who use personal fall protection equipment with sufficient knowledge about its purpose and use; and

  4. Reduce the number of fall-from-heights incidents, injuries and fatalities

 

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Rauth Roofing Limited

7830 McHugh St.

Windsor, Ontario

N8S 2B8

P – 519-945-6301

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The Importance of a Spring Roof Inspection

Hiram Walker Historic Building Roof Replacement by Rauth Roofing in Windsor Ontario

While we recognize that repairing your roof is never convenient; it is a better alternative to the cost and inconvenience of ignoring the impact of what your roof has endured over the years. Direct sunlight, hail, wind, acid rain, ice and snow will affect the condition of your building’s roof over time and affect its ability to shelter your business from the elements. The older a roof is, the more sensitive it becomes to these factors. Many people are surprised to learn the extent of their roof damage even when there are no visible leaks.

Some contractors provide a basic roof inspection, which consists of examining the exterior of the roof, sometimes only from street level, and basic components such as flashings. While this is necessary, a more thorough inspection can help identify areas of concern and items that could potentially lead to further, and more costly, damage; this is not a complete checklist but a recommendation. Please consult a professional roof inspector to complete a proper roof inspection. Do not attempt to complete the checklist yourself.

Rauth Roofing Limited offers a special Preventative Maintenance Program offers building owners and representatives one and five year budgets to help forecast future alterations, repairs, retrofits and roof replacements. Budget planning is issued annually in conjunction with a summarized “roof condition report” that will highlight all items identified during Bi-Annual Maintenance calls. As a Preventative Maintenance customer all service calls are prioritized to the top of the service queue and are addressed promptly.

Thanks for reading. If you would like to learn more please use the contact information below.

 

Rauth Roofing Limited

7830 McHugh St.

Windsor, Ontario

N8S 2B8

P – 519-945-6301

F – 519-945-6311

E – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

W – http://rauthroofing.com

 
 
 
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