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Ultimate Guide to Keeping Workers Safe on Industrial Roofs

Industrial properties tend to be large, intimidating and expensive. This means that they require an extensive number of safety precautions to be taken before any construction work can begin. Roofing projects are particularly hazardous, with serious injuries involved in falling reported on a daily basis. 

As a construction business, your workers are your gold dust; they keep your operations running, and their safety is paramount. So, if you’ve recently landed an industrial roofing project, read our ‘Ultimate Guide to Keeping Workers Safe on Industrial Roofs’ below. 

Risk Assessment

Before any industrial roofing project is carried out, you should conduct a thorough risk assessment. Spotting disasters before they happen is the key to staying safe! Think about potential hazards like adverse weather, roof skylights, the height of the roof itself, access requirements and the roof slope. Furthermore, make sure your workers’ knowledge is up to scratch – does everyone know and feel confident in roof work? One seemingly minor slip-up could derail an entire project. 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

When working at a great height, as is usually the case with industrial properties and their roofing, you should be wearing the right personal protective equipment. You must be able to move freely in your clothes, but they shouldn’t be loose. Your footwear should be sturdy and rubber-soled, with enough traction to avoid slipping on roof tiles. Safety equipment, like a harness and helmet, is also a given. 


Scaffolding exists to give workers a stable, steady surface to work upon. Edge protection scaffold is specially designed to minimise slips, trips and falls off a roof. These scaffolding systems include handrails that provide important protection for workers navigating high industrial roofing. Investing in quality scaffolding will serve your project massively down the line. 

Check the weather forecast

Checking the weather forecast before you start your roofing work is so important, yet often overlooked! Slips and falls occur more often in the rain, and you don’t want to trip. If strong winds, sleet, rain or hail is expected, delay work for another day – this is how you stay safe and free from the hazards of adverse weather conditions. 

You can’t scrimp on on-site safety. Trust the leading professionals at Tauranga Scaffolding in Bay of Plenty to keep your industrial site safe and smooth-running. Our scaffolding systems are as simple, complex and cost-effective as you need them to be, so reach out to us today.