How to Safely Install Roof Hatches

When it comes to installing roof hatches there’s one important thing that you need to remember – you’re on the Roofing contractors working behind roof guardrailsroof! This immediately creates risks associated with height and the possibility of slipping and falling. There are also other considerations surrounding hatch placement and installation that can negatively impact both your own safety and that of your roof. We’ve already taught you how to correctly install a roof hatch, and now we’re going to explain the important safety considerations. Let’s get started.

Correctly Placed Guardrails

Depending on the height of the roof you may find yourself working several metres above the ground. Even a fall from a standard single-storey home’s roof can have a devastating impact on your health. The risk of a fatal injury is increased with every metre off the ground you are working. This risk, coupled with the slanted, uneven surface of the roof can increase your chances of a fall. Installing temporary guardrails on the edge of the roof can prevent an accidental slip becoming a long fall to the ground.

Protective Gear

While working on a roof you are out in the open, exposed to the elements with very little to no protection. Depending on the type of roof and complexity of the roof hatch, the installation may take several consecutive hours. By wearing personal protective gear such as a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeved top, sunglasses, and high SPF sunscreen you will be protected against these harmful elements. Never work on your roof in bad weather and always consult a professional if you’re unsure.

As well as the weather, working in the roof can expose you to a number of chemicals and elements that are hazardous. Wearing protective gloves and a filtered breathing mask will prevent any build-up of dust, treatment chemicals, asbestos fibres, or insulation fibres from entering your lungs and causing damage to your airways. Roofing parts such as tiles and sheet metal can also be sharp, so look out for these and be sure to cover up.

It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand and to always work in a group so you can respond quickly to complications.

Understanding of Electrical, Gas, and Water Pipes and Wiring Locations

A simple and essential safety practice is to thoroughly map out all existing wires and pipes in the house. As the installation of the roof hatch will be cutting into the roof itself it is important that you select a spot that is not going to interfere in the operation of these facilities. If you do accidentally damage these pipes or wires you can cause extensive damage to your home and, in some cases, to yourself.

Our roofing supplies professionals in Perth can provide you with the right roof hatch for your project. Contact us today and we will even give you the best advice for getting started. Call Roofspan on (08) 9434 5611 to speak to a member of our team.


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Roofing contractors working behind roof guardrails.